CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump is back in North Carolina this weekend to make a speech that could signal his future plans, including a possible 2024 campaign.
The former president has kept a low profile since leaving office, but all eyes will be on Trump's speech at the North Carolina Republican state convention on Saturday.
The former president has been mostly quiet since January. He's been banned from social media and just this week, his blog went bust after less than a month online.
Facebook announced Friday their suspension of Trump's account would continue for at least two more years. Facebook's timeline does introduce the possibility Trump could be back on the popular social media platform in time for the 2024 presidential election.
His speaking appearance Saturday in Greenville, North Carolina before the North Carolina Republicans will largely be the first time he'll be heard ahead of the midterm elections in 2022.
Why is Trump in North Carolina?
First, Trump narrowly won the state in 2020 but he's still very popular among Republicans. And with the GOP looking to win back control of Congress in 2022, most candidates are looking for Trump's endorsement. Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, has even been rumored to be interested in the U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina.
But if Trump has plans to run for the White House again, he has some work to do. A recent NBC News poll found that less than one-third of Americans have a favorable view of the former president.
Trump is scheduled to speak Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Flashpoint is a weekly in-depth look at politics in Charlotte, North Carolina, South Carolina, and beyond with host Ben Thompson. Listen to the podcast weekly.
SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts || Spotify || Stitcher || Google Podcasts
All of WCNC Charlotte's podcasts are free and available for both streaming and download. You can listen now on Android, iPhone, Amazon, and other internet-connected devices. Join us from North Carolina, South Carolina, or on the go anywhere.