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Trump invokes the violent assault on Congress on January 6 in a massive rally in Wako under the shadow of justice

2023-03-26T01:05:43.452Z


The former president chooses for his first campaign act the city where 30 years ago a sect challenged the forces of order, and uses warlike rhetoric to inflame followers.


Jill Colvin and Michelle L. Price -

The Associated Press

A defiant and incendiary Donald Trump, faced with the possibility of his imminent legal indictment, held his first campaign event for the 2024 presidential elections this Saturday in the Texas city of Wako, famous for a deadly incident of armed resistance against law enforcement almost 30 years ago.

With an unusual staging, Trump opened his rally with the song

Justice for all

, which includes a chorus of men imprisoned for their participation in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 singing the national anthem, and with a recording of the former president, who is being investigated by the Department of Justice for this attack on American democracy, reciting the oath of allegiance to the United States.

The screens also showed images of the attack on Congress, in which police officers died defending this democratic institution.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump near Mar-a-Lago, his Florida mansion, on March 20, 2023. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Trump, in a bitter speech, defended the insurgents and attacked prosecutors investigating him for this and other reasons, framing the court cases as political attacks on him and his supporters.

"You will be cleared of suspicion and proud," he promised them, "the thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system will be defeated, discredited, and disgraced." 

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Trump's rally at Wako airport builds on his previous efforts to demean the US judicial system and encourage protests, even citing violence over the prospect of becoming the country's first former president to face criminal charges.

His previous rhetoric and that included in the rally echoes the language he already used at the rally in Washington DC that preceded the insurrection of a group of his supporters to prevent the constitutional transfer of power in Congress to Democrat Joe Biden, the rightful winner. of the 2020 elections.

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“My enemies are desperate to stop us,” he said Saturday, “our opponents have done everything they can to crush our souls and break our will.”

“But they have failed,” he added, “they have only made us stronger, and 2024 will be the final battle.”

The rally took place in Waco and on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege of a Davidian sect ranch, which killed 80 acolytes and four federal agents, and has become a benchmark for militias in extreme right.

The former president's campaign team insisted that the choice of the location has nothing to do with the anniversary or with the proximity (17 miles) of the ranch, but rather that it was selected for its proximity to four major cities and its ability to accommodate crowds.

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The event came as a grand jury in New York is deciding whether he deserves criminal charges for paying a porn actress for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter before the 2016 campaign. Trump has repeatedly invoked violence, encouraging his supporters supporters to protest, and has used increasingly racist and dehumanizing rhetoric with personal attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is leading the investigation.

Last Friday, a letter with death threats and a white powder, which turned out to be innocuous and not anthrax, arrived at the Prosecutor's Office.

In addition, Trump faces an investigation in Georgia for his attempts to overturn the Democratic result of the 2020 election, and a federal investigation for the storming of the Capitol and for taking confidential government documents to his Mar-a-Lago residence after finally leaving the White House in January 2021.

Source: telemundo

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