LOCAL NEWS: Across the Country, Trump Blasted for Attacks on Democracy

Three years after Donald Trump incited the deadly January 6th insurrection on the United States Capitol, Americans across the country tuned into their local news as they covered the profound threat that Trump’s assaults on our democracy pose to the future of this country and the fundamental importance of reelecting President Biden and Vice President Harris this November so they continue protecting our rights and freedoms.

Take a look at what Americans were reading:

In Arizona:AZ Central: Trump rekindles his rage against John McCain, taunting over POW’s broken limbs

Key Point: “Former President Donald Trump returned to mocking the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, alluding to the former prisoner-of-war’s broken limbs to explain Republicans’ failure to pass health care legislation. … Trump’s attack came on the third anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol by a mob supporting his efforts to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.”

In Florida: Florida Politics: Nikki Fried says J6 anniversary illustrates need to re-elect Joe Biden

Key Point: “‘As we approach the 2024 election, we can’t afford to forget how high the stakes are. Only one political party is committed to protecting American freedoms and defending the United States Constitution — that’s why it’s vital to re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris this November [said Nikki Fried].’”

In Iowa: Des Moines Register: Iowa Democrat and Iowa Republican: Trump’s threat to democracy goes beyond party lines

Key Point: “The endurance of democracy is an issue that supersedes partisan lines, and anyone running to be the commander in chief should embody that value. Donald Trump does not. Trump has already done enough lasting damage to the fabric of our country — he cannot be given another chance to tear away at it any further. The future of our nation depends on it.”

In Nevada: Nevada Current: Marking January 6 anniversary, NV Dems emphasize democracy as key issue ‘up and down the ballot’

Key Point: “Ahead of the third anniversary of a violent insurrection of the U.S. Capital, Nevada Democrats warned that democracy itself is on the ballot in this year’s general election. ‘Donald Trump’s only vision for this county is one of revenge, retribution and division,’ said Francisco Morales, second vice chair of the Nevada Democratic Party, during a press conference Friday… ‘That insurrection was an attack on the very rights and freedoms that we have fought for from the very beginning of the Revolutionary War and that we hold dear,’ said U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat and the senior member of Nevada’s congressional delegation. ‘It sets a very dangerous precedent for the future of our democracy. I don’t believe it’s overly dramatic to say democracy is at stake in this upcoming election.’”

In Nevada: KTVN: Nevada Democrats Mark Three Years Since January 6th

Key Point: “Saturday marks the third anniversary of the U.S. Capitol Attack that happened on January 6th. President Biden and Democrats are citing the 2021 event as a reason to urge the defeat of former President Donald Trump and down-ballot Republican supporters… Now, Cortez Masto and top Nevada Democrats echo President Biden’s call to defeat former President Trump and down-ballot Republicans. This comes three years after the U.S. Capitol Attack that took place on January 6th, which has been cited as a key event that underscores the need to safeguard democracy and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Cortez Masto says she has faith in Nevada voters. ‘We also see across the country, even in Nevada, voters coming out to vote to elect individuals who are going to protect that democracy, to protect our elections, and not undermine them for political gain,’ said Masto.”

In Nevada: KSNV: ‘Democracy is at stake,’ Congresswoman Dina Titus speaks on anniversary of Jan. 6 riots

Key Point: “Leaders across the valley are making their voices heard to mark three years since the January 6 Capitol riots. Several local democratic lawmakers called out former President Donald Trump, Senate candidate Sam Brown, and what they call fake Nevada electors for enabling riots at the capitol. Congresswoman Dina Titus says the Capitol riots were an attack on the rights and freedoms Americans have fought for. ‘It sets a very dangerous precedent for the future of our democracy,’ said Congresswoman Titus. ‘I don’t believe it’s overly dramatic to say democracy is at stake in this upcoming election. The evidence is just all there.’”

In Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Inquirer: President Biden laments Trump’s ‘assault on democracy,’ in fiery speech after Valley Forge visit

Key Point: “President Joe Biden framed his reelection bid as a ‘sacred cause,’ to save democracy, striking one of the most urgent notes of his 2024 campaign as he compared his position to General George Washington ushering troops through the winter at Valley Forge in their battle for freedom nearly 250 years ago. Biden used the timing of the address — a day before the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack — to call out extremism and frame the race as a battle for basic freedoms and one to protect democracy.”

In Pennsylvania: 6 Action News: President Biden stresses democracy is a ‘sacred cause’ during speech in Montgomery Co., Pa.

Key Point: “He said the presidential race – a likely rematch with Trump, who is the far and away GOP frontrunner – is ‘all about’ whether American democracy will survive. ‘We all know who Donald Trump is,’ Biden said. ‘The question we have to answer is who are we?’ Biden laid out Trump’s role in the Capitol attack, as a mob of the Republican’s supporters overran the building while lawmakers were counting Electoral College votes that certified Democrat Biden’s win. More than 100 police officers were bloodied, beaten and attacked by the rioters who overwhelmed authorities to break into the building. ‘What’s Trump done? He’s called these insurrectionists ‘patriots,’ Biden said, ‘and he promised to pardon them if he returns to office.’ He excoriated Trump for ‘glorifying’ rather than condemning political violence.”

In Pennsylvania: ABC 27: President Biden speaks on the eve of the anniversary of the Jan. 6th attack

Key Point: “Saturday marks three years since the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. President Joe Biden spoke in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on the eve of the anniversary warning voters that democracy is on the line in this year’s presidential election. This is President Biden’s first campaign speech of the year, where he narrowed in on GOP frontrunner, former president Donald Trump, warning what could happen if he is re-elected. Biden took direct aim at the former president for his role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. ‘He told a crowd to fight like hell and all hell was unleashed,’ he said. The president says what should have been a peaceful transition of power turned into an unprecedented attack on our democracy.”

In Pennsylvania: CBS Philadelphia: President Joe Biden discusses fight for democracy in Montgomery County ahead of Jan. 6

Key Point: “‘Whether democracy is still America’s sacred cause is what the 2024 election is all about,’ Biden said. ‘The choice is clear. Donald Trump’s campaign is about him, not America, not you. Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy to put himself in power. Our campaign is different.’”

In Pennsylvania: WHYY: Biden campaigns in Montgomery County: ‘Democracy is on the ballot’

Key Point: “‘Whether democracy is still America’s sacred cause is the most urgent question of our time, and it’s what the 2024 election is all about.’ The President delivered his speech in an area of Pennsylvania — a key swing state — considered crucial for a 2024 Biden win. He marked the three-year anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riots, in which hundreds of people stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election, which Biden won…‘It was on that day that we nearly lost America,’ Biden said. ”

In Wisconsin: WUWM: Wisconsin Democrats join President Biden’s criticism of Donald Trump over Jan. 6 riot

Key Point: “In Milwaukee, Democrats brought in a former military officer, Retired Rear Admiral Mike Smith, who is the founder and President of the 700-hundred-member National Security Leaders for America. Smith’s basic message is that Trump illegally tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. And Smith said for this year’s presidential race: ‘Trump must be stopped.’ Smith told a news conference that people must raise their voices against the former president—including people in Wisconsin….Specifically here in the state of Wisconsin, whether it be the unraveling of the fake electors scheme, or the former president again and again perpetuating conspiracy theories and false claims about our fair and secure elections in Wisconsin,’ Barnes said. Barnes said democracy is on the ballot this year.”

In South Carolina: WMBF: ‘When we fight, we win’: VP Harris talks women’s rights, 2024 election during Myrtle Beach stop

Key Point: “‘Three years ago today, on January 6, 2021, a mob invaded the United States Capitol. They used violence and fear to try to overturn the results of a free and fair election and to overrule the votes of millions of Americans. On that day, we saw violence, chaos, and lawlessness, even though some so-called leaders still say it was a peaceful protest led by, quote, ‘great patriots,’’ Harris said. … ‘Let us not throw up our hands. Instead, let us roll up our sleeves. We were born for a time such as this. We love our country,’ Harris said to the crowd. ‘We believe in the principles upon which we were founded. And guided by our faith, we are prepared to fight for those principles. With hope, with optimism, and with faith. When we fight, we win.’”

In South Carolina: WBTW: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at women’s retreat in Myrtle Beach

Key Point: “Harris used the visit to Myrtle Beach to mark the third anniversary of the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol… She also talked about what the Biden administration calls attacks on fundamental freedoms. ‘On one side, they want to ban books,’ she said. ‘On the other side, we want to ban assault weapons. They think the government should tell a woman what to do with her body. We trust women, and women trust us to protect their fundamental freedoms.’ She also said the administration is committed to Black Americans. ‘We are connecting every family in South Carolina and across our nation with high-speed internet,’ Harris said. ‘Because you voted in 2020, we are removing every lead pipe in our nation…we were able to invest more than $7 billion in our HBCUs…”’

In South Carolina: The Island Packet: ‘Elections matter, leadership matters.’ Kamala Harris speaks in Myrtle Beach

Key Point: “‘Elections matter, leadership matters and it makes a difference in the lives of people,’ Harris said. …  On the third anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot, she talked about how people used violence that day to try to overturn a fair election. ‘On that day, we saw violence, chaos, and lawlessness, even though some so-called leaders still say it was a peaceful protest led by, quote, ‘great patriots,’’ Harris said.”