At the Pennsylvania rally on Tuesday, Dec. 10 President Donald Trump mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic impeachment effort, calling the process “impeachment lite” and promising it would lead to his re-election in 2020.
“This is the lightest, weakest impeachment that our country’s had … everybody says this is impeachment light, this is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country by far,” Trump said.
He added, “And our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment.”
House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment earlier in the day, accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice by blocking Congress. But Trump asserted that he had not committed any crimes.
“They’re impeaching me and there are no crimes!” Trump said. “This has to be a first in history. They’re impeaching me, and you know why, because they want to win an election,” Breitbart reported.
And he added, “The silver lining of impeachment and this witch hunt: That’s the reason they approved USMCA. So that’s OK with me.”
The president expressed disappointment that Democrats had turned the impeachment process.
“This was a big deal,” Trump said. “They’re making it like, let’s do it every six months, they’ve cheapened the process, these people are so bad.”
He taunted Pelosi for totally losing control of the party to the radical left like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The president also accused Democrats of falling for the Ukraine impeachment hoax, propagated by the anonymous “whistleblower” and the Trump administration “informer.”
“The whistleblower wrote something that was totally untrue,” Trump said. “And we broke up the game.”
Trump said he released the transcript of his call with Zelenskiy to prove that there was nothing wrong with his phone call and to clear up what was really said on the call.
The president also listed some of his achievements while in office, ticking off the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a deal to create the Space Force, and a strong economy.
Trump said, “This country is so respected. And we were not respected four years ago. We were laughed at.”
In 2016, Trump won in Pennsylvania—the first Republican presidential candidate to capture it since 1988—by piling up support in Pennsylvania’s rural areas and with working-class whites.
Thousands of supporters lined up in the rain several hours before opening the rally.
Elaine Hawkins and Wayne Holland traveled from Delaware to support the president. The impeachment has only increased their support, they said.
”It’s a farce,” Holland said. “There’s no foundation for the impeachment. They’ve been on his case since he was elected, and they never give up.”
Hawkins said she was a Democrat her entire life, but she voted Republican in 2016 because of Trump.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press