During a walkabout at the Iowa State Fair, Donald Trump was asked if he intended to overturn the 2020 election. The former president is currently facing criminal indictment at both the federal and state levels for his alleged efforts to interfere with the election. As he made his way through the crowd, someone called out the question and Trump responded sarcastically, saying, “You know the answer to that.” He then continued on his way to a scheduled event with Republican lawmakers. Social media users were quick to respond to his remark, with many interpreting it as an admission of guilt. Some noted the similarity between Trump’s response and OJ Simpson’s book “If I Did It,” calling the former president’s remark even more brazen. Others speculated that he had been coached to avoid incriminating himself further.
Another person asked Trump if he would comply with Judge Tanya Chutkan’s order regarding his access to sensitive government documents and restrictions on what he can say publicly about the election case. Trump responded that he would have to take a look at the order and baselessly blamed President Joe Biden for the case, suggesting it was an attempt to interfere with the election. Critics pointed out that a person who truly believed in the rule of law would simply comply with the order.
During the event, Rep Matt Gaetz, a staunch Trump ally, made statements that appeared to suggest some kind of rebellion or insurrection. He expressed his disdain for those “destroying our country” and claimed that only through force can any change be made in Washington DC. People were quick to point out that this approach had been tried before by Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Many saw Gaetz’s statements as incitement of violence and suggested they would be used as evidence in Trump’s upcoming trials related to election interference.
Over 1,100 people have been charged with offences relating to the events at the Capitol on January 6, with many of them implicating Trump in their testimonies. He has already been indicted by federal prosecutors and a trial date of January 2, 2024 has been proposed. The timing of the trial, right before the Iowa Caucus, has raised eyebrows and sparked speculation about political motivations.