Former President Donald Trump holding rally for Ted Budd

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

RALEIGH — Former President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Johnston County on Saturday, April 9 according to a statement from his Save America PAC confirming the announcement. 

The rally will be held in Selma, the site of one of his rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign’s final weekend. Then-Vice President Mike Pence also held an event at the venue. The rally comes five days before Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is scheduled to keynote the Johnston County Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day dinner. 

The statement says Trump will deliver remarks in support of U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd and other endorsed candidates. Trump is coming off a pair of rallies in South Carolina and Georgia to rally support for his endorsed candidates ahead of their state’s spring primaries.  

Jonathan Felts, a senior advisor for the Budd campaign, said, “NC Republicans had a great time when President Donald Trump was last in North Carolina and we are thrilled to welcome him back. It’s always great to hear from a Chief Executive who knows how to win back-to-back victories in our great state.” 

Trump endorsed Budd at the NCGOP Convention held in Greenville last June. 

Budd’s campaign also recently launched their first television advertising in the primary which highlights the Trump endorsement and the three-term congressman’s support for finishing the wall at the southern border. 

“Protecting North Carolina jobs and families starts right here. When I’m in the Senate, I’ll vote to stop Joe Biden’s reckless border policies,” Budd says in the ad, which was partially filmed along the southern border. 

Trump has also endorsed newcomer Bo Hines in the 13th Congressional District primary that also includes Johnston County businessman DeVan Barbour, attorney Kelly Daughtry, former Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, and Wake County resident Chad Slotta. Barbour recently won a straw poll of attendees at a Harnett County candidate forum.  

The visit by the former president comes 19 days before early voting in the primary is scheduled to begin.