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Trump in Iowa drops Jan. 6 speech on attack anniversary

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NEWTON, Iowa (Reuters) – Donald Trump largely avoided talking about the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol during a campaign event on Saturday, which came on the third anniversary of the attack , reflecting the degree of abstention among Republican voters. him responsible for the events of that day.

Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of supporters in the town of Newton, Iowa, the former president mentioned Jan. 6 only once. He reiterated his previous assertions that Democratic President Joe Biden, whom he will likely face in a rematch in the November general election, is the real threat to democracy.

“You know, this guy (Biden) says I’m a threat to democracy,” Trump said. “No, he is a threat because he is incompetent. He is a threat to democracy.”

“Nobody thought J.6. was a possibility,” Trump said later, without elaborating.

Trump also attacked former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who has been a vocal critic of Trump since the Jan. 6 attack, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections.

Biden has repeatedly called Trump a threat to democracy along the way, and that message has become a central theme of his campaign so far. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at length about January 6 at an event in South Carolina on Saturday.

During recent campaign events in Iowa, Trump supporters – and even those of other Republican presidential candidates – have downplayed the significance of January 6, and many have embraced conspiracy theories regarding the events of that day. daytime.

More than 1,200 people have been charged with participating in the riots, and more than 900 have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty after a trial.

“It wasn’t really an insurrection,” said Hale Wilson, a Trump supporter from Des Moines who was at the Newton event. “There were some bad actors involved who moved the crowd.”

Trump is in Iowa to rally support ahead of the state’s Republican caucus on Jan. 15, which will be the first race for the Republican presidential nomination. He currently leads all his competitors by more than 30 percentage points in the state, according to most polls.

(Reporting by Gram Slattery; editing by Daniel Wallis)

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