"They want to silence you; they want to silence your voice," Trump told the North Carolina Republican Party Convention on Saturday night in a raucous speech.
"Remember, I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I'm the one that's trying to save it. Please remember that."
Trump called for election integrity measures,”we all know what happened with the election, and we can never, ever let that happen again."
Trump insisted that America under Biden is heading to a dictatorship, although he mocked the current president for not even being the one in charge.
"We're not going to have a country if you don't have election integrity, and if you don't have strong borders, our country can be run like a dictatorship, and that's what they'd like to do," Trump said. "I don't even think Biden is the dictator.
"If anybody knows who the hell is running that operation could you let us know? Because I don't think it's Joe. But who the hell knows? Maybe it is. Maybe it is."
The speech kicked off with a vow to bring the Republican Party forward in 2022 as its top endorser.
"It's great to be back in Greenville, with so many proud North Carolina patriots who love our country, support our military, respect our police, honor our flag, and always put America first," Trump began. "We don't put America's second. As we gather tonight, our country is being destroyed before our very own eyes. Crime is exploding. Police departments are being ripped apart and defunded.
"Speaking of our leaders: They're bowing down to China; America is being demeaned and humiliated on the world stage; our freedom is being overtaken by left wing cancel culture; and the Biden administration is pushing toxic critical race theory and illegal discrimination into our children's schools," Trump said.
Trump called out the violent protests that roiled American cities in 2020, along with Democrats who "stick together."
"They're violent, in many cases, hate our country, and they have bad policy now," Trump continued. "Bad news. From our standpoint, they stick together. They don't have some of the people like we have. Where they go on their own, and they do what they have to, they stick together. And that's the one thing they have. They stick together, but their policy is so bad.
"And we're going to have a tremendous 2022 just like we did – frankly 2020 think of it: more votes than any sitting president in the history of the United States by far – we had a great election. Bad things happened, but we had a great election."
In a video earlier Saturday, Trump thanked supporters and teased a GOP return to the White House "sooner than you think."
"The Republican Party is stronger than it's ever been, and it's going to be a lot stronger than it is right now."