Former President Donald Trump warns of threat to American democracy by President Joe Biden in a passionate speech delivered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump refers to the Biden administration as “criminals” and describes his campaign as a “righteous crusade” to protect the republic from Biden’s alleged destructive actions.
During his speech, Trump points to a recent address by President Biden, in which Biden accused Trump and his supporters of attempting to undermine American democracy. Trump dismisses Biden’s claims and instead accuses him of being the true destroyer of American democracy.
Prior to the event, the Trump campaign distributes signs with the message “Biden Attacks Democracy,” emphasizing their ongoing focus on Biden as a potential general election rival rather than on other GOP primary contenders.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also makes a visit to Iowa, aiming to strengthen his presidential campaign and narrow the gap between him and Trump in the polls. DeSantis completes a tour of all 99 counties in Iowa, seeking to build momentum with endorsements from influential figures like Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats.
To further bolster his campaign, Trump’s team launches a significant broadcast TV ad buy in Iowa, releasing two new ads. One ad criticizes Biden’s actions, while the other highlights Governor Reynolds praising Trump.
Meanwhile, Nikki Haley, a rising candidate in the polls, receives an endorsement from a conservative political advocacy group associated with billionaire Charles Koch. This endorsement potentially boosts Haley’s position in the race and solidifies her support among conservative voters.
Next week’s Republican presidential debate is expected to feature both Haley and DeSantis. However, Trump announces he will not participate, opting instead for a prime-time town hall event moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
It is worth noting that Trump’s campaigning in Iowa coincides with the reinstatement of a gag order in his civil fraud trial, which prohibits him and his attorneys from making public statements about the courtroom staff.
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