President Trump served up a big lump of post-Christmas coal Thursday, renewing his anti-impeachment attacks against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in a fusillade of furious tweets.
Having stayed uncharacteristically quiet on Christmas Day, Trump returned to Twitter with a vengeance, claiming Pelosi should focus on her “filthy” San Francisco-spanning district instead of making life harder for him by seeking assurances for a fair Senate impeachment trial.
“Crazy Nancy should clean up her filthy dirty District & help the homeless there. A primary for N?” Trump tweeted from his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “Despite all of the great success that our Country has had over the last 3 years, it makes it much more difficult to deal with foreign leaders (and others) when I am having to constantly defend myself against the Do Nothing Democrats & their bogus Impeachment Scam. Bad for USA!”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was also looped into the fuming president’s Boxing Day rant.
“Nancy Pelosi’s District in California has rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it come to the homeless & crime. It has gotten so bad, so fast — she has lost total control and, along with her equally incompetent governor, Gavin Newsom, it is a very sad sight!” he posted without citing any evidence.
The acrimonious missives marked a sharp departure from Trump’s official Christmas Day message.
“Together, we must strive to foster a culture of deeper understanding and respect — traits that exemplify the teachings of Christ,” Trump wrote in that official statement.
Trump’s Twitter tirades have grown increasingly belligerent since the House of Representatives impeached him on Dec. 18, charging him with abusing his power by soliciting Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election and then blocking Congress from investigating his misdeeds.
Pelosi really got under Trump’s skin when she refused to immediately pass along the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, suggesting she’ll hold on to them until the chamber’s Republican majority unveils a trial structure that she considers fair.
Among other stipulations, Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues want former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at Trump’s trial, which is expected to start in January. Both men refused to testify in the House impeachment inquiry despite having first-hand knowledge of Trump’s pressure campaign for Ukrainian investigations of his political rivals.
As part of his Thursday Twitterstorm, Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to ignore Pelosi’s demands and said she has “no leverage.”
The president also for the first time suggested that he doesn’t really want a full trial to unfold, even though he has previously claimed he does.
“I happen to believe as a lawyer that the charges are defective, they don’t meet the Constitutional standard of high crimes and misdemeanors, so I would like to see a Motion to Dismiss,” Trump tweeted, quoting Republican strategist Brad Blakeman. “There should be no trial.”