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Roll Call: Trump ‘even more unhinged than usual’ as impeachment heats up, Democrats warn

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Washington, October 1, 2019 | comments
Trump ‘even more unhinged than usual’ as impeachment heats up, Democrats warn

BY GRIFFIN CONNOLLY - 09/30/2019

From “unhinged” to “reprehensible” to  “wacky,” Democratic lawmakers had harsh words for President Donald Trump and Republicans after the president and his allies in Congress over the weekend tried to defend his phone call pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Since Sunday, Trump has blamed the “corrupt media” for not accepting conspiracy theories about Biden and his son Hunter, called for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff to be arrested for treason, demanded to meet the whistleblower who alerted the public to his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr  Zelenskiy, and retweeted a sentiment that removing him from office would result in a “Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”

Democrats believe the president’s behavior since Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported an official impeachment inquiry last week shows he is in meltdown.

“In the few days since release of the whistleblower’s report concerning the shakedown of the Ukrainian president, Trump has become even more unhinged than usual,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas tweeted. 

Trump’s endorsement of a tweet by his spiritual adviser and Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress warning of civil war if he is removed drew criticism from some in his own party, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

“The President is testing to see who will echo or silently accept threats of violence. Republicans in Congress must join @RepKinzinger and say ‘no.’ The strength of our democratic institutions and even American lives may depend on them speaking out,” Beyer wrote.

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