Less than 52 weeks before the Americans meet at the polls to elect the next occupant of the Oval Office, many suggest that it will be the current president Joe Biden and Trump who will stage a second assault on Tuesday, November 5, next year.
For example, Trump returned to Iowa the day before where he established himself as the favorite for the Republican primaries in that state.
There he sold himself as the great statesman, the only one capable – according to him- of avoiding a Third World War and focused most of his speech on the current president, Joe Biden, whom he called a “stupid person”, “incompetent” and incapable of representing the United States on the world stage in the midst of international crises.
“This is not a man who should govern the country,” said the former president (2017-2021) when also taking aim at his Republican rivals in the fight for the nomination, who were in Iowa in recent days.
Trump attacked Florida Gov. Ron De Santis, mocking his struggle to gain momentum in the race, and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. He classified both of them as being disloyal for running against him.
“I know her well, she is not up to the job,” said the former president when referring to Haley.
Trump did not mention Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who recently endorsed De Santis and has been the target of the former Oval Office occupant’s ire.
“I elected a lot of people here,” Trump stressed. “Including (U.S. Sen. Chuck) Grassley, who was having a problem, and (U.S. Sen. Joni) Ernst, who had a really big problem… I got them elected, remember that,” the Des Moines Register reported.
Grassley won his eighth Senate term in 2022 with 56 percent of the vote, while Ernst won a second term with 52 percent of the ballot in 2020.
Trump suggested that his margin of victory in Iowa is already wide, therefore his opponents should put an end there and that from then on the Republican Party should focus its attention and resources on the 2024 general elections.
In visits to Iowa since the war between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas began in early October, the former ruler has increasingly harped on his past and future approach to international relations, recalling conversations with world leaders and striking out Biden is incompetent, the newspaper noted.
This Saturday he asked his followers to return him to the White House and give him a seat at the world table again in the midst of multiple conflicts abroad, because “the next war will be a nuclear war, and that will be annihilating.” .
“We have a leader who cannot articulate two sentences negotiating for us,” he emphasized.
That is why he declared that only he would be able to stop the “Third World War” and promised that he would quickly end wars in Ukraine and that of Israel and Hamas, although he did not actually explain how.
Trump’s visit this Saturday, his first to Iowa since Oct. 29 in Sioux City, comes shortly after an evangelical forum on Friday that DeSantis, Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy attended, and which he declined to attend.
In addition, the rally occurred after a Colorado judge yesterday dismissed an attempt to keep the former president off the state’s electoral ballot in 2024.
Judge Sarah B. Wallace of the Colorado District Court issued a ruling in the case over Trump’s voting eligibility, ordering the secretary of state there to put him on the primary ballot for next year.
The ruling is another victory for Trump after courts in Minnesota and Michigan this month rejected similar legal efforts to disqualify him as a presidential candidate in those states.
At this moment everything indicates that the four criminal trials to which the Republican will undergo have made him even more a favorite in the polls, while on the Democratic side, Biden is almost guaranteed the candidacy as practically the party’s only bet.
For some observers, the belief among the Democratic establishment that if Biden already beat Trump in 2020, he could do it again could be dangerous.