Newton, Iowa — Former United States President Donald Trump campaigned on Saturday in Iowa and took advantage of the third anniversary of the January 6, 2021 assault on the country’s Capitol to describe the arrival of migrants at the southern border as the “real” insurrection.
Just a week before the nomination process began in the Iowa caucuses, Trump did not explicitly mention the date. However, he continued to claim that some countries have emptied prisons and psychiatric facilities to spur record numbers of border crossings, although there is no evidence of this.
“When talking about insurrection, that is what they are doing, that is what is true (…) Not in a peaceful and patriotic way, peaceful and patriotic”Trump said, citing the speech he gave on January 6 before a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in a desperate effort to keep him in power after his 2020 election loss.
Trump’s remarks in Newton, central Iowa, came the day after President Joe Biden gave a speech near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in which he described Trump as a grave threat to democracy and He said that January 6 was “a day when we almost lost America, (almost) lost everything.”
The two are likely to face each other again in the next election, and both candidates have often mentioned January 6 at their campaign events. Trump, who is embroiled in a lawsuit over his efforts to overturn his 2020 loss to Biden, has downplayed or spread conspiracy theories about a riot in which his supporters — fueled by his lies about voter fraud — attempted to disrupt the certification of Biden’s victory.
Trump also continued to regret the treatment of people who have been imprisoned for participating in the assault, whom he once again called “hostages.” More than 1,230 people have been charged with federal crimes associated with violent incidents, such as assaulting police officers and seditious conspiracy.
After his speech in Newton, Trump signed hats and other items passed to him by the crowd, including a copy of a Playboy magazine that featured him on the cover.
An aide, Dick Green, stood about 15 feet away and wiped away tears after the former president signed his white “Trump Country” cap and shook his hand.
“It will never be sold. It will stay in my family,” Green said of the cap.
The man, a caucus leader and pastor in Brighton, Iowa, said he had prayed for four years to meet Trump.
Trump spent much of the day criticizing Biden, whom he called incompetent and the real threat to democracy. But he also attacked other Republicans, such as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Earlier Saturday, Trump campaigned with young conservative activists in Des Moines and spoke with members of Run GenZ, an organization that encourages young conservatives to run for office.
The former president’s campaign aspires to mobilize thousands of followers who never participated in party assemblies to make a show of force, stop the rise of his rivals and demonstrate his organizational capacity ahead of the general elections.
His main rivals, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also campaigned in the state as they battled for second place in the fight for the Republican nomination and tried to present themselves as the most viable alternative to Trump. , which gives them a wide advantage in the first state and national polls.