Biden To Hold Conference On 3rd Anniversary Of Jan. 6

President Joe Biden plans to mark the third anniversary of the January 6 assaults on the U.S. Capitol by delivering an important political address close to Valley Forge, a symbolic site from the Revolutionary War. In this speech, the intent is to declare that his leading Republican adversary, Donald Trump, represents a serious danger to democratic principles, as stated by the Biden reelection campaign.

Following this stop in Pennsylvania, President Biden will visit Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This church holds historical significance as the site where, in 2015, a white supremacist killed nine parishioners. During his visit, President Biden will focus on addressing the escalating threats of political violence, as highlighted by his campaign.

These two visits symbolize President Biden’s most direct public criticism of Trump and the Republican party during this election cycle. It marks a shift in tone for the President, who had previously focused on promoting his signature legislation and the state of the economy throughout 2023.

Julie Chávez Rodríguez, campaign manager for Biden, emphasized, “Next year’s election goes beyond a mere battle of policy visions. It’s a critical decision for the American public, centered on safeguarding our democratic values and the essential rights of every citizen come November 2024.”

The Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol witnessed thousands of individuals attempting to contest Biden’s election, resulting in extensive damage and loss of life. Four people died on the day of the attack, and a Capitol Police officer lost their life the following day while combating the rioters. Tragically, four officers have since taken their own lives, and 140 others sustained injuries.

Trump faced federal charges for his extensive efforts to overturn the 2020 election and was disqualified from appearing on ballots in Colorado and Maine due to his role in fueling the Capitol attack. Trump’s legal team has disputed allegations of insurrection, arguing that his right to free speech protected his remarks to supporters on the day of the protest.

According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump is currently leading by a narrow 2-point margin in a head-to-head matchup, with 38 percent support compared to Biden’s 36 percent. However, 26 percent of respondents expressed uncertainty or openness to voting for another candidate. The poll also revealed Trump’s substantial lead as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

The Biden reelection campaign plans to expand operations and hold more events in the upcoming weeks to intensify their campaign efforts. This plan includes hiring critical directors in all 50 states and launching new advertisements on various media platforms.

Vice President Kamala Harris is also scheduled to address the early voting primary state of South Carolina on Saturday. She will further emphasize the threats to democracy and deliver a message tailored to the predominantly Black Democratic electorate in the state on Martin Luther King Jr. Day later this month.