“But I know one thing,” Donald Trump told his supporters in Michigan, “Americans will show up by the tens of millions next year to vote (Nancy) Pelosi the hell out of office.”

By Ian Horswill


Posted on December 19, 2019

US President Donald Trump has come out fighting after House Democrats successfully used their majority numbers to impeach him.

Before a cheering crowd of his supporters in Michigan, Donald Trump said it “doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached”.

“The country is doing better than ever before,” Trump said to thunderous applause.

“We did nothing wrong and we have tremendous support in the Republican Party, like we’ve never had before.”

Donald Trump accused, as he has almost daily, the Democrats of “cheapening the impeachment process”, saying it’s “exactly what our Founding Fathers didn’t want”.

“But I know one thing,” the US President added. “Americans will show up by the tens of millions next year to vote (Nancy) Pelosi the hell out of office.”

The first article of impeachment against Donald Trump — for abuse of power — passed at 8.23pm eastern time with the 216 votes needed to push it through.

The second article — for obstruction of Congress — passed at 8.51pm eastern time.

Three Democrats voted against the party line as Trump became only the third President in history to be impeached.

The articles of impeachment will now move to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial, where at this moment there is no chance he will be convicted and removed from office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi floated the possibility that the House of Representatives would not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, where Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would present a strong defence of Trump that could prove politically damaging for the Democrats. The most recent polls shows support for impeachment declining.

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“We’ll make a decision…as we go along,” Pelosi told reporters, adding that “we’ll see what the process will be on the Senate side”.

“We have acted,” Pelosi added, repeatedly refusing to commit to sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

“Now, they’ll understand what their responsibilities are, and we’ll see what that is.”