President Trump lashed out at impeacher-in-chief Adam Schiff on Tuesday night, declaring him a “crooked bastard” during a rally in Pennsylvania.
Speaking to a crowd of tens of thousands of supports, Trump slammed the Democrats’ desperate attempt to forcibly remove him from office via impeachment, labelling it “impeachment light.”
President Trump also touted his trade victory, linking Democrats’ approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement to the party’s unpopular impeachment push.
“The silver lining of impeachment and this witch hunt is it’s the reason they approved USMCA,” POTUS told the crowd in Hershey.
Trump accused Nancy Pelosi of pushing the deal forward because she “wanted to smother this impeachment crap.”
“It’s a huge deal and it plays down the whole impeachment because they’re embarrassed by the impeachment,” Trump said. “Our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment.”
The President also slammed the two articles of impeachment announced by Democrats on Tuesday.
“This is impeachment light,” Trump said, “This is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country by far.”
CBS News reports: The president also launched attacks against his favorite targets, including the Ukraine whistleblower, former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, and various 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
He called Schiff “a crooked bastard,” former Vice President Joe Biden “Sleepy Joe,” and Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” He said he “dreams” about competing against South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whom he calls “Alfred E. Neuman,” but said he won’t get too comfortable predicting who he will face in the 2020 election because he counted Warren out too soon.
“We destroyed her too fast, so she came back, but she’s going back down again,” Mr. Trump said.
At one point, a protester dressed in a black knit #MeToo hat interrupted Mr. Trump’s remarks. He told law enforcement to “get her out.” The protester held a pink sign and wore a black shirt that both said “Grabbing Power Back” and had an image of a hand raising its middle finger.
This is Mr. Trump’s second rally in Pennsylvania this year. Two days after Biden officially launched his presidential campaign and based his headquarters in Philadelphia, Mr. Trump held a rally in Montoursville.
At that May rally, Trump told the audience, “Don’t forget Biden deserted you. He’s not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here but he left you, folks. He left you for another state.”
In 2016, Mr. Trump headlined at least 14 campaign rallies in Pennsylvania, which helped him edge out Hillary Clinton in the state with a margin of less than 1%. While he floundered with black and Hispanic voters, he won decisively among white men and narrowly among white women. That victory made him the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since George H.W. Bush won it in 1988.
The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, told reporters at a breakfast in November that “Pennsylvania is going to be key,” and that the committee is already contacting residents to identify swing voters.