President Donald Trump made history as the third U.S. president to be impeached and had it happen while he was live on stage before thousands of his supporters.
The president ripped into Democrats Wednesday during a Michigan rally where he was impeached by a House of Representatives vote soon after he stepped onto the stage.
(Video: NBC News)
Calling out the impeachment process against him as a “perversion” and a “political suicide march for the Democratic Party,” Trump blasted the “do-nothing Democrats” for “declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter.”
Trump told the Michigan crowd at one point that he was “not worried” about the impeachment vote that was going on hundreds of miles away.
“Through their depraved actions today,” he said, “Crazy Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrats have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame, and it really is. It’s a disgrace.”
“Democrat lawmakers do not believe you have the right to select your own president,” he added as the Battle Creek crowd, which lined up for hours in freezing temperatures to see him, booed at the mention of the Democrats.
Trump targeted Pelosi, saying she needed to be voted the “hell out of office.”
Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany approached the front of the podium mid-speech, showing the president a sign with the final tallies as the House voted 230 to 197 to impeach him for abuse of power, and voted 229 to 198 for obstruction of Congress.
“So we got – every single Republican voted for us. Woaahhh. Wow. Almost 200,” Trump reacted as the crowd roared its approval. “We didn’t lose one Republican vote. And, and, three Democrats for us.”
Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted “present” rather than vote for or against impeachment, angering many of her colleagues and the left.
“The Republicans have never been so affronted but they’ve never been so united as they are right now,” Trump said, praising his party for their unity.
“By the way, by the way, it doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached,” Trump told the crowd at one point during his more-than-two-hour speech. “I’m having a good time, it’s crazy.”
The president spoke about multiple topics during his lengthy speech, including the 2016 election, the economy, trade with China and the controversy with Ukraine as well as the current field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. But he returned to the impeachment issue with scathing rebukes of Democrats who have been “trying to impeach me from before I ran.”
“Think of what they did, think of how dishonest it was — they shouldn’t even be allowed to hold an impeachment because it’s based on dishonesty,” he said.
“I’m the first person to ever get impeached and there’s no crime!” he exclaimed, slamming Democrats who have “cheapened” the impeachment process.
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