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Trump reignites political firestorm in Iowa, vows to win “for the third time” on Capitol riot anniversary

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Former President Donald Trump embarked on a spirited campaign trail in Iowa, marking the anniversary of the Capitol riot as he vowed to secure a third presidential victory, evoking memories of the chaos that unfolded on January 6, 2021.

In a two-hour speech in Newton, Iowa, Trump sidestepped discussions on the Capitol assault but referred to those imprisoned as a result as “hostages,” signaling his intention to potentially pardon them if re-elected.

Trump targeted President Joe Biden, accusing him of economic decline, border chaos, and failure to prevent Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Warning of the potential for World War III if Biden secures a second term, Trump proclaimed, “This is our last chance to save America.”

Despite facing impeachment for inciting insurrection and multiple felony charges, Trump remains a dominant force in the 2024 Republican presidential race.

Speaking at a middle school in Clinton, Trump continued his attack on Biden, portraying him as unfit to govern and the United States as a “failing nation.”

Trump asserted his commitment to resurrecting the country, asserting, “We’re going to bring it back from hell.”

Polls indicate Trump’s significant lead over rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis in Iowa’s upcoming Republican nominating contest on January 15.

Trump’s persistent claim of winning the 2020 election, coupled with his characterization of January 6 as a “beautiful day,” remains a divisive narrative within the Republican Party.

A recent poll revealed that a substantial portion of Trump voters believes the FBI orchestrated and encouraged the Capitol riot. Democrats and independents, however, overwhelmingly hold negative views of the events and Trump’s role.

Democrats plan to make Trump’s conduct on January 6 a central campaign issue, emphasizing the Capitol riot as a threat to democracy. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries stressed the importance of accountability, stating, “In this country, no one is above the law.”

Vice President Kamala Harris warned of violence and chaos if those “who seek to dismantle our democracy” emerge victorious.

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