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Former President Donald Trump signs a MAGA hat at a campaign rally on Friday January 5, 2024, in Mason City, Iowa.

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Donald Trump campaigned on Saturday in Iowa with two meetings, three years to the day after the assault on the Capitol in Washington, a historic event that divided American voters.

The small Midwestern state is organizing its caucuses on Monday, January 15, which kick off the 2024 Republican primaries, giving it weight for half a century oversized in the US presidential campaign.

The Republican, who hopes to be re-elected in November and return to the White House on January 20, 2025 despite his four criminal charges, will face voters in eight days for the first time since his resounding departure from the presidency of the United States. United.

Without saying a word about the assault on the Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021, Donald Trump has been in the great state of Iowa since Friday evening where he is due to speak on Saturday at 1 p.m. , local time, in Newton, near the capital Des Moines, then at a school in Clinton, on the Illinois border.

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A fan of former President Donald Trump stands next to a cardboard cutout of him set up for a Donald Trump campaign event hosted by Marjorie Taylor Greene in Keokuk, Iowa, on January 4 2024.

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In the town of Sioux Center on Friday, the billionaire and tribune accused President Joe Biden, Joe-la-Scrapule, of stoking fears after a pathetic campaign speech in Pennsylvania, where the 81-year-old Democrat compared the 77-year-old Republican's rhetoric to that of Nazi Germany.

He attacked the mandate of his successor (2021-2025) as an uninterrupted series of weakness, incompetence, corruption and failure. The people of this state are going to make the most important vote of their lives, Mr. Trump said, judging the context and the challenges of 2024 even more pressing than during his victory in November 2016.

Despite his legal setbacks and the risk of prison for his attempts to reverse the results of the November 2020 presidential election, polls credit Donald Trump with 60% of the Republican vote against his main opponents, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis .

Because in Iowa and in many conservative states in the country, the septuagenarian, who has shaken up in less than ten years the American political landscape, has a very loyal base which brushes aside its escapades and legal troubles.

The attack on the temple of American democracy, the Capitol where Congress sits, just three years ago, remains a subject of deep division in the United States: a quarter of Americans and 44% of Trumpist voters think , without proof, that the federal police (FBI) are behind it, according to a survey by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland.

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January 6, 2021, after a speech of Donald Trump, supporters of the American president intruded into the Capitol, using violence to enter the building. (Archive photo)

This same FBI announced on Saturday the arrest in Florida of three people for their participation in January 6.

In 35 months of a sprawling investigation that remains ongoing, authorities have charged more than 1,200 people in nearly all 50 U.S. states. More than half were convicted.

Trump and his MAGA (Make America Great Again) supporters not only condone political violence but they laugh about it, Joe Biden lamented on Friday.

But Donald Trump denies having incited his supporters to attack the Capitol even if he still considers that the November 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

So to judge the pressure he allegedly exerted to try to reverse the results, a criminal trial is due to begin on March 4 in Washington. This will be on the eve of one of the biggest deadlines in the Republican primaries: Super Tuesday in around fifteen states, from Texas to California via Colorado and Maine.

The latter two states declared him ineligible for the presidency in December due to his actions on January 6, 2021. The Supreme Court took up this matter on Friday, even if, while waiting for it to slice in February, the name Trump is kept on the ballots for the primaries.

Joe Biden and his campaign team continue to denounce their rival's desire to sacrifice (the) democracy by broadcasting a TV clip with shocking images of #x27;assault on the Capitol, where the results of the 2020 presidential election were then certified.

The leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives in the x27;then, Nancy Pelosi, castigated Friday the use of insurrection by Donald Trump.

Three years later, the threat against our democracy is real, warned the elected official, while her successor in the House, Hakeem Jeffries, demanded on Saturday that those responsible for the atrocious events of January 6 be brought to justice.

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