Days Before Iowa Caucuses, Trump Rivals Bring Up Jan. 6 | EUROtoday

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Nearly a yr into the 2024 Republican presidential marketing campaign and with simply days to go earlier than caucuses start in Iowa, Donald Trump’s high two opponents on Wednesday night time lastly started utilizing his conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, and the authorized penalties he faces for the coup try in opposition to him.

“I think what happened on Jan. 6 was a terrible day, and I think President Trump will have to answer for it,” mentioned former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who additionally acknowledged a indisputable fact that has turn out to be heresy amongst Trump and his followers: “That election, Trump lost it. Biden won that election.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whereas indirectly criticizing Trump, identified that his felony prosecutions may create issues for Republicans come November and predicted he’s more likely to be convicted by a District of Columbia jury on prices associated to the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol. “What are we going to do as Republicans in terms of who we nominate for president? If Trump is the nominee, it’s going to be about Jan. 6, legal issues, criminal trials. The Democrats and the media would love to run with that.”

The new, harder strategy got here close to the top of CNN’s debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa ― and simply hours after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out of the race after shaming his opponents for being too afraid to tackle Trump the best way he had.

Trump had been invited to the controversy however selected to not attend, simply as he skipped all 4 debates sponsored by the Republican National Committee final yr.

DeSantis, who a yr in the past was truly main Trump in a variety of nationwide and early-voting-state polls, has seen his help erode over the months. He is basically tied with Haley in Iowa within the mid-teens, with Trump holding a commanding lead of some 30 proportion factors.

Nikki Haley said Donald Trump will have to answer for Jan. 6 as she faced Ron DeSantis Wednesday at the Republican presidential primary debate held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nikki Haley mentioned Donald Trump should reply for Jan. 6 as she confronted Ron DeSantis Wednesday on the Republican presidential major debate held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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In New Hampshire, which can maintain the primary major precisely eight days later Monday’s caucuses, Haley has been closing in on Trump for weeks and is now simply 7 factors behind in a single new ballot, with DeSantis within the low single digits.

Whether Haley’s willingness to tackle Trump immediately over Jan. 6 and his authorized issues will translate into extra help is unclear. Polls instantly after Jan. 6 discovered that even a majority of Republicans blamed Trump for what had occurred, whereas polling immediately exhibits that Republicans are again in his nook, in keeping with GOP marketing consultant Sarah Longwell.

The dialogue about Jan. 6 arose solely as a result of CNN moderator Jake Tapper introduced up Trump’s views of the Constitution in mild of oral arguments in one among his felony circumstances on Tuesday. Neither candidate appeared to wish to assault Trump unprompted and as a substitute spent a lot of the two-hour debate attacking one another.

Haley is delicate on China and unlawful immigration and is beholden to her donors, DeSantis advised the viewers a number of instances.

DeSantis, in the meantime, opposed ethanol subsidies that assist Iowa corn farmers, blew by means of $150 million on his marketing campaign solely to break down within the polls and lies so steadily that folks ought to go to a web site to examine them, Haley countered. She promoted her marketing campaign web site,, dozens of instances.

The two have agreed to a pair of debates forward of the New Hampshire major: one on Jan. 18, which will probably be hosted by ABC News, and one on Jan. 21, which can once more be moderated by CNN.