‘We went through hell unfairly’
A jovial President Donald Trump took a post-impeachment victory lap Thursday, after his Wednesday impeachment acquittal in the Senate, in a lengthy White House speech that praised his Republican allies while excoriating Democrats and GOP Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) and derided the Russia probe in fairly explicit terms.
“This is really not a news conference, it’s not a speech, it’s not anything, it’s just we’re sort of — it’s a celebration, because we have something that just worked out,” Trump told the audience. “We went through hell unfairly.”
During his remarks, Trump also took aim at other previous attempts to undermine his presidency, including the Russia probe and the related Mueller report.
“We’ve been going through this now for over three years,” Trump said. “It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars, and this should never, ever happen to another president, ever. I don’t know that other presidents would have been able to take it. Some people said no, they wouldn’t have. But I can tell you, at a minimum, you have to focus on this, because it can get away very quickly, no matter who you have with you.”
“We were treated unbelievably unfairly,” Trump said later in the wide-ranging speech. “We first went through Russia, Russia, Russia. It was all bulls**t. We then went through the Mueller report, and they should have come back one day later. They didn’t; they came back two years later, after lives were ruined, after people went bankrupt, after people lost all their money.”
Trump on national TV: "We were treated unbelievably unfairly. You have to understand, we first went through 'Russia, Russia, Russia'. It was all bullshit." pic.twitter.com/WKGsCk4D0C
— Axios (@axios) February 6, 2020
Trump also called out Democrats during the remarks, mentioning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) by name.
“I say Democrats are lousy politicians because they have lousy policy,” Trump said, referring to health care, immigration, and tax issues.
“So I’ve always said they are lousy politicians, but they do two things,” he continued, later explaining that those things are that they are “vicious as hell” and they stick together.
“Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person,” Trump said. “Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago, when she said ‘I pray for the president.'” He went on to add that “she may pray, but she prays for the opposite, but I doubt she prays at all.”
He also criticized Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who he said “used religion as a crutch” in voting to convict him the day before. “Never heard him use it before, but today, you know, it’s one of those things,” Trump went on. “But you know, it’s a failed presidential candidate, so things can happen when you fail so badly running for president.”
President Trump targets Mitt Romney, the only GOP senator to vote for conviction, without naming him.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 6, 2020
Throughout his remarks, Trump heaped praise on several of his Republican allies from both the House and the Senate who were in attendance, thanking them for their support during the impeachment process and even cracking jokes about a few of them.
For example, the president joked about Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and his famous tendency not to wear jackets. “I said, he never wears a jacket. What the hell is going on? He’s obviously very proud of his body.” He also joked that people say that when Jordan works out, “the machine starts burning.”
However, while the Ukraine impeachment efforts may finally have come to a close, Trump said that he doesn’t expect Democrats to cease their efforts against him.
“I’m sure they will try to cook up other things,” Trump said, specifically referring to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“They’ll go through the state of New York, they’ll go through other places, they will do whatever they can,” Trump said. “Because instead of wanting to heal our country and fix our country, all they want to do, in my opinion, it’s almost like they want to destroy our country. We can’t let it happen.”
Author: Nate Madden