Former President Donald Trump has said the Democrats’ sole purpose in holding hearings during the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol was to prevent him from seeking a second term in 2024.
President Biden, too, seems increasingly concerned about a possible Trump revival. Battling low job approval numbers and high inflation for 40 years, Biden told an organized union meeting on Tuesday that Trump had left the economy in a pandemic-related mess.
“Do you remember what our economy was like, what it was like before we took over?” Mr. Biden said in Philadelphia. “Three thousand Americans were dying every day from COVID, 20 million Americans had lost their jobs under the last guy.”
Mr Biden said of Mr Trump: “So many Americans have lost their jobs that my predecessor became only the second president in history to leave office with fewer jobs in America than when he took office. The other, by the way, was Herbert Hoover.
Mr. Trump released a 12-page statement late Monday attacking the House committee’s work on Jan. 6 as a “kangaroo court.” He said Democrats were trying to distract the public from a struggling economy and prevent his return to power.
“This is simply an attempt to prevent a man who is leading in all the polls, against Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running for president again,” Mr. Trump said. .
Mr. Biden’s speech at the labor convention also reminded the public of the emergency food banks that were common during the pandemic under Mr. Trump to help people who had lost their jobs.
“Remember those long lines of cars that stretch for miles waiting to get a box of food?” Mr. Biden asked. “It wasn’t just poor people, it was working class people – a lot of nice cars in those lines. And while that was going on, America created more billionaires during this crisis in 2020 than any year in history. Talk about a contrast. Ordinary people line up for an hour for a box of food. That’s what we inherited.
Mr Trump said Americans were worse off in less than two years under Mr Biden, facing $5 worth of gas and formula shortages.
“During my tenure, our nation was thriving, our economy was strong, and gas prices were very low,” Trump said. “America has prospered under the Trump administration.”
The former president, who celebrated his 76th birthday on Tuesday, has not said whether he will run in 2024. But he is amassing a campaign war chest that has reached nearly $125 million in a network of groups of defense at the end of March. .
Democrats on the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 accused Mr. Trump on Monday of raising hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions by misleading donors that the money would be used to litigate his allegations of stolen election.
A Morning Consult/Politico survey last week found that 53% of Republican voters said they would vote for Mr. Trump over other potential candidates if the 2024 Republican presidential primary were held now. That was down just 3 percentage points from a survey conducted before this year’s primary season kicked into high gear.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a 43-year-old Republican who beat Mr Trump in an unscientific poll of conservative activists at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado earlier this month, rose from 13 % to 16% in the Morning Consult/Politico. investigation. Former Vice President Mike Pence finished third again, his support dropping from 10% to 13%.
Mr. Trump cited reasons why he thinks he is still popular in the polls.
“Democrats have caused record inflation, sky-high gas prices, energy dependence on our adversaries, the education system is in crisis, illegal aliens are invading our border, the supply chain has crippled our way of life, parents can’t get formula, mandates have crippled businesses and our way of life has been crushed by government regulations,” he said.
Stocks also continued their slide into 2022 on Monday, with the S&P 500 entering a bear market, down more than 20% from its peak at the start of the year. Stocks were mixed in early trading on Tuesday.
Mr Trump said that under President Biden the United States “is being destroyed”.
“The Democrats know I would fix all of this, and they’re doing everything in their power to stop me – but we can’t be stopped,” Trump said.
The chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, said Monday the panel will not refer criminal charges against Mr. Trump to the Justice Department over the riot.
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