Trump Hits Back at the Democrats Who Are Crying ‘Impeachment’
President took a swipe at lawmakers who want to oust him, including Rashida Tlaib — GOP leaders reject the foul language
President Donald Trump rebuked Democrats in the newly minted House majority who wasted no time in calling for his impeachment. He tweeted Friday that liberals “only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020” against him.
Democrats officially reclaimed the House majority on Thursday amid a partial government shutdown over border wall funding; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is now at the helm.
And one of the Democrats’ first orders of business, apparently, is to impeach Trump as quickly as possible — even though special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to release his findings on the allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia.
“As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the financial markets. We won the Senate, they won the House. Things will settle down. They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020 — too much success!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history [at] 93%?” Trump added.
As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the Financial Markets. We won the Senate, they won the House. Things will settle down. They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
Newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, called for Trump’s impeachment even before she was sworn into office.
Tlaib (pictured above left) co-authored an op-ed on Thursday with pro-Trump impeachment advocate John Bonifaz in the Detroit Free Press.
The op-ed was called, “Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.” The piece was published before she was sworn into office.
“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country,” Tlaib wrote. “His conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now.”
“The time for impeachment proceedings is now,” Tlaib added as she urged her fellow lawmakers to act before Mueller releases his findings.
Tlaib also issued a profanity-laced call for Trump’s impeachment Thursday night during a reception held by MoveOn in Washington, D.C.
“When your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look! You won! Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.’ Because we’re gonna go in there, we’re gonna impeach the motherf****,” Tlaib crudely told the crowd.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) quickly moved to introduce the same impeachment articles on Thursday that he introduced in July 2017 alongside Rep. Al Green (D-Texas).
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) January 3, 2019
And Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said Thursday on on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that Trump will either “impeached by the Congress or impeached at the ballot box.”
“It’s really a race as to which is going to happen first,” Swalwell added. “We’re going to look at the Mueller report, we’re going to look at the Emoluments Clause, we’re going to look at these other abuses of power, and if there is evidence we’re going to follow it, we’re going to run it down, put together a report and seek bipartisan buy-in.”
“As Speaker Pelosi said, I’d rather see it done at the ballot box, but we’re not going to shirk our responsibility and give him the presidential immunity he’s enjoyed,” Swalwell said.
Pelosi indeed told USA Today in an interview published Thursday that she won’t seek Trump’s impeachment unless it’s “clearly bipartisan.”
“The facts will indicate a path and I don’t think we should impeach a president for any political reason, but I don’t think we can ignore any behavior that requires attention and that was all based on the facts,” Pelosi said.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Democratic calls for impeachment during an interview on Friday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“Look, you’re not going to impeach this president when he’s had two of the most successful years that any president has had in the modern history,” Sanders said.
“People are sick and tired of playing politics. They want them [lawmakers] to come to Washington and actually work with the president to get something done.”
“The only reason they want to come after this president is because they know that they can’t beat us. They can’t beat him when it comes to a policy debate and they’re not going to beat him when it comes to 2020.”
“People are sick and tired of playing politics. They want them to come to Washington and actually work with the president to get something done,” Sanders added.
“And they want these individuals to actually come to help the president — not to fight him.”
Sanders said she hopes “that some of these new faces that campaigned on being different and being a change will actually come here to work with the president, work for solutions, and actually look to help the American people — not to help their own political careers.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the new minority leader in the House, was asked on Friday morning about the comments made and the language used by incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib about Trump and impeachment: “She [Nancy Pelosi] is the speaker of the House. She’s also the head of the Democrat Party. She has a new freshman incoming individual that uses that type of language … I think this is a role [of Speaker Pelosi to] have a conversation with this member on whether she approves of this [language] or not.”
He also said, in part, “With these new comments, is the House majority going to be serious about anything?”
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