President Trump pulled no punches when it came to criticizing his Democratic opponents during his speech at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C.
Among calling Democrats “crazy,” he said they were also possessed by a “hateful spirit” as they continue to push for impeachment.
ABC News reports Trump told the group of evangelical Christians on Saturday night that “the extreme left has absolutely no respect for the will of the American people.”
“They are crazy — shouldn’t say it because we’re all the same — but they are crazy,” Trump said during his speech. “As we’ve seen over the last three years, the extreme left has absolutely no respect for the will of the American people.”
“I never thought I’d see or hear that word with respect to me,” the president continued. “An ugly word, it means so much, it means horrible, horrible crimes and things, I can’t even believe it. It’s a witch hunt.”
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Trump also mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who first announced the impeachment inquiry despite not yet holding an official vote.
“She’s gonna do it,” Trump said of a potential—official—impeachment vote.
“If she didn’t hate our country,” he added, “she wouldn’t be doing this to our country. It’s a fraud.”
ABC News adds:
The president also talked about his wish to sue or try to impeach Rep. Adam Schiff after his remarks dramatizing his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, despite the fact that he’s been advised Schiff has immunity.
“I talked to my lawyers, I said sue him anyway, and sue Nancy Pelosi, or maybe we should just impeach them,” Trump added.
He continued to defend his call with the president of Ukraine as “just absolutely nice, totally different than the phony things that he revealed with this crazy whistleblower.”
The president at one point took aim at Beto O’Rourke, calling him a “whacko” over his call for revoking tax-exempt status for churches that oppose same-sex marriage.
“I will never allow the federal government to be used to target, harass or punish communities of faith,” Trump said.
Watch the full speech below:
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