The nation’s second highest ranking official dismissed the continuing impeachment inquiry as an act of desperation that will fail.

Vice President Mike Pence believes House Democrats want the impeachment investigation to continue because they are incapable of producing the same results Donald Trump achieved in just one term a president.

“They are trying to run down this president because they cannot run against our record,” Pence told a rally at Battle Creek, Michigan, according to The Associated Press.

The vice president also suggested Democratic presidential candidates feel insecure about their chances of beating Trump at the 2020 general election. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would not become president even if the incumbent were removed from office.

“They know they cannot stop you from giving President Donald Trump four more years in the White House,” he said.

Pence made the remarks after The Associate Press revealed he would become Trump’s successor, if the president were somehow removed from office at the upcoming trial in the Senate.

House Democrats have charged the president with abusing his power by allegedly asking the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and also obstruction of Congress for allegedly stonewalling investigations.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) believes if Democrats succeed in removing Trump, Pence would be their next target and impeachments would continue until the general election in November.

“They think Hillary Clinton should be president and they want to fix that” he said according to The Associated Press. “The next president, I promise you, is going to be impeached–and the next president after that.”

Pence described the impeachment votes in the House as a “disgrace” at an earlier Workers for Trump event in Saginaw, 103 miles northwest of Detroit. He told more than 200 people who attended that Trump will once again carry the state partly due to the impeachment inquiry.

“[Democrats are] trying to impeach this president because they cannot defeat this president,” the vice president said.

The news agency speculates there is little chance Trump will actually be removed from the Oval Office because he is fully supported by the Republican controlled Senate.

If the impeachment fails, the Democrats have threatened to repeatedly try to impeach Trump, who slammed the effort as “illegal” and a clear example of that political party’s “deep hatred and disdain” for voters who have more important priorities than just removing the president from office.