At his first campaign rally since House Democrats initiated an impeachment inquiry targeting him, a defiant President Trump blasted the opposition party’s investigations at a campaign rally before an arena of boisterous supporters who, like Trump, likened the Congressional oversight efforts to a coup.
“From day one, the wretched Washington swamp has been trying to nullify the results of a truly great and democratic election, the election of 2016,” Trump said. “They want to erase your vote like it never existed. They want to erase your voice and they want to erase your future, but they will fail.”
The event at the Target Center drew large crowds of protesters who clashed with police and some of the Trump supporters.
The impeachment inquiry is based on a July 25 phone call the president had with Ukraine’s newly elected leader during which he asked the government in Kiev to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry last month following news of a whistleblower complaint about the call and evidence that Trump had withheld a $400 million aid package to Ukraine. Biden is currently a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary.