Joe Biden and Donald Trump launch a toxic campaign

Joe Biden and Donald Trump launch a toxic campaign

Joe Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, gave his first speech of his re-election campaign on Friday in Pennsylvania. Donald Trump, here, during a rally for the Republican primary on Saturday in Iowa. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters and Cheney Orr/Reuters

Story – Both candidates invoked the state of American democracy and the events of January 6, 2021 during a series of campaign rallies.

Special correspondent in Sioux Center, Iowa

American democracy is at stake. Three years after the assault on the Capitol building by Trump activists, the event of January 6, 2021 has become at the heart of the new election campaign that has begun. Joe Biden and Donald Trump clash, head-to-head once again, over the true meaning of a day that continues to shake the American political system. Having become an acronym, “J6” crystallizes for both opponents what is at stake in the election. Biden makes January 6 a symbol of the danger of tyranny embodied by Trump, which, according to him, still threatens America. Donald Trump presents January 6 as a national uprising in the face of what he continues to denounce against all odds as a stolen election, and he presents participants in the riots as martyrs, victims of political repression.

“Whether democracy remains America's sacred cause is the most pressing question of our time, and it is at stake…

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