donald trump continued his attempt Saturday to win the Republican presidential nomination with a pair of rallies in Iowa, starting at the DMACC Conference Center in Newton and then culminating in Clinton. His speeches come on the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and just over a week before the Iowa Republican caucus begins on Jan. 15.
Regarding the commemoration of the solemn anniversary of January 6, Trump praised the insurrectionists, while labeling some immigrants as “terrorists,” prisoners and gang members. “And terrorists are also arriving. What they are doing to our country is not… it is, when you talk about insurrection, what are they doing? That’s the real problem. That’s the real deal: not patriotically and peacefully, but peacefully and patriotically,” he said, contrasting those who rioted as “peaceful” and “patriotic” against immigrants, whom the four-time impeached former president continually paints as criminals.
Left: Trump just called the January 6 insurrectionists peaceful and patriotic
Right: The January 6 insurrectionists violently beat law enforcement and attack American democracy. pic.twitter.com/G2AvLE9oX0
– Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) January 6, 2024
At his appearance in Newton, a particularly tanned Trump made his usual claims that Biden He is the worst president in American history and harshly criticized his Republican rivals Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis and Chris Christie. His attacks on Biden included mocking that Biden couldn’t articulate or climb stairs. Meanwhile, Trump also spoke fondly of the Civil War, which he called “fascinating.”
“I’m very attracted to seeing it,” Trump said. “So many mistakes were made. Look, there was something that I think could have been negotiated to be honest with you. … I was reading something and I said, ‘This is something that could have been negotiated… it was a difficult thing for our country… If you negotiated it, you probably wouldn’t even know who Abraham Lincoln was… but that would have been fine.’
Trump on the Civil War: I’m very attracted to watching it. There was something that could have been negotiated…Abraham Lincoln, if he had negotiated it, we wouldn’t know who Lincoln was. He wouldn’t have been the Abraham Lincoln. But that would have been nice. pic.twitter.com/RbmnXCvypI
– Acyn (@Acyn) January 6, 2024
Elsewhere, he criticized E. Jean Carroll – although he did not refer to her by name – whom he found responsible in May for sexual abuse and defamation. During his speech on Saturday, as he has done before, he claimed that the incident did not occur while glossing over his four indictments and civil lawsuits against him, almost like a badge of honor (which he again compared to Al Capone and reminded the audience of a time more, “They are accusing me because of you”).
“In my case, they chased me and would have done more, but it backfired. “It has been counterproductive,” he stated. “And if he hadn’t raced, or if he was in fifth place or something like that, he wouldn’t have had accusations. All of this is a political issue, including the issue of women. The Bergdorf Goodman. ‘I ran into a woman outside Bergdorf Goodman. I took her upstairs to a locker room.’ It was all made up,” she stated. Carroll, who accused Trump of sexual assault and rape in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 30 years ago, has a second civil case against Trump that is is expected to go to trial this month.
A day earlier, President Joe Biden gave his first major campaign speech in an election year, in which He attacked his potential rival in 2024. In his speech, Biden addressed Trump’s refusal to accept the peaceful transfer of power in 2020. “Trump exhausted every legal avenue available to overturn the election,” he said. “Everyone. But the legal path simply led Trump back to the truth: that I had won the election and he was a loser. Well, knowing how his mind works now, he had one act left. One desperate act within his reach: the violence of January 6th.”
Biden also attributed the deaths from the attack on the Capitol to “Donald Trump’s lies,” adding: “While the United States was being attacked from within, Donald Trump watched on television in the small private dining room next to the Oval Office. The entire nation watched in horror, the entire world watched in disbelief, and Trump did nothing… It was one of the worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history. “An attempt to overturn a free and fair election through force and violence.”
That same day that Biden gave his speech, Trump was in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he told the residents should “get over” an incident Thursday in which a gunman killed a sixth-grade student and wounded five others in perry high school northwest of Des Moines.
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