Three years to the day that supporters of Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol in an try and cease Congress from certifying Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral victory, Mr. Trump mentioned but once more that the mob had been performing “peacefully and patriotically,” and he criticized the congressional committee that investigated the assault as “pretend.”
Chatting with a crowd of a number of hundred folks on Saturday in Newton, Iowa, Mr. Trump, who faces felony costs associated to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, made solely passing references to the riot, focusing a lot of his speech as a substitute on criticizing President Biden’s insurance policies.
However as he spoke for practically two hours, Mr. Trump repeatedly invoked the lie on the coronary heart of the riot: that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“The unconventional left Democrats rigged the presidential election of 2020,” Mr. Trump mentioned.
Mr. Trump’s speech in Newton got here a day after Mr. Biden forcefully condemned the previous president as “pro-insurrectionist” and a dangerous risk to democracy.
Mr. Trump provided solely minimal response to these denunciations on Saturday, calling Mr. Biden’s speech “ridiculous” and arguing that the president was overly targeted on the Jan. 6, 2021, assault as a result of “he’s received no successes” to talk of.
And, as he often has in latest months, Mr. Trump sought to deflect accusations that he and his insurance policies are anti-democratic by pointing his finger at Mr. Biden.
“He’s a risk to democracy as a result of he’s incompetent,” Mr. Trump mentioned, whilst he accused Mr. Biden of being the mastermind behind the felony costs in opposition to him. There isn’t a proof that President Biden has meddled in any of the 4 felony instances in opposition to Mr. Trump, which span federal and state courts.
“He’s corrupt. He’s incompetent. He has no concept,” Mr. Trump mentioned of Mr. Biden. “He weaponized the D.O.J. and the F.B.I.”
A lot of these in attendance in Newton, and at a rally in Sioux Middle, Iowa, on Friday, mentioned they supported delicate punishment for anybody who had, actually, dedicated against the law on Jan. 6. However they added that the severity of the occasion had been overstated and that the investigations into the riot had no advantage.
“You do the crime, you do the time. However simply being there may be not against the law,” Bruce Fedders, 67, mentioned in Sioux Middle, including, “Jan. 6 — I gained’t even use ‘revolt.’”
Gary Leffler, a Trump caucus captain and former candidate for the Home of Representatives, mentioned he had marched to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, although he had not gone contained in the constructing.
“There was no feeling from anybody that was there that this was an revolt,” Mr. Leffler, 62, mentioned in Newton. “That’s a pile of horse manure.”