President Trump targeted who he called the "hateful" and "enraged" Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry and his Texas challenger Beto O'Rourke during a nearly 90-minute campaign rally in Dallas on Thursday. Mr. Trump's rally was held one day after a tense meeting with Democratic congressional leaders, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out after he called her a "third-rate politician."
"The more America achieves, the more hateful and enraged these crazy Democrats become," Mr. Trump said, drawing boos from the crowd.
"At stake is the survival of American democracy itself," he added. "They are destroying this country, but we will never let it happen."
It didn't take Mr. Trump long to discuss the impeachment inquiry. He defended what he called a "perfect" July phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. "Shifty Schiff makes up my conversation, which was perfect, so he made up a totally false conversation with the Ukrainian president," Mr. Trump said.