President Donald Trump told supporters Thursday night if he's impeached "it’s your fault because you didn’t go out to vote."
Trump made his declaration during a rally in Billings, Montana, for Republican Matt Rosendale who's vying for a U.S. Senate seat this fall held by Democrat Jon Tester. And given the midterm elections in November could shift the congressional balance of power toward the Democrats, Trump knows all too well that could trigger impeachment proceedings against him.
"They like to use the ‘impeach’ word, ‘impeach Trump!'" he told the crowd before invoking the name of Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for the president's impeachment.
"But I say, 'How do you impeach somebody that’s doing a great job, that hasn’t done anything wrong?'" Trump asked. "Our economy is good. How do you do it? How do you do it?”
“It is a hell of a place in Washington,” Trump said.
He went on to mock impeachment as the automatic solution every time a president comes into office and the power in Congress rests with the opposite political party, warning that such an approach would turn America "into a Third-World country."
“But we’ll worry about that if it ever happens," Trump said. "But if it does happen, it’s your fault because you didn’t go out to vote."
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Trump told the crowd at the close of the rally to "get out and vote Republican," Fox News said.
Pleading the 25th
After this week's anonymous New York Times op-ed — purportedly penned by a senior Trump administration official who noted that removing the president via the 25th Amendment of the Constitution has been discussed — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) pounced.
“If the presidential cabinet believes that President Trump is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office’ as the 25th Amendment states, then every minute they make excuses is a minute that our country is at risk,” Warren wrote on her website.
“Let’s be clear: We already have a constitutional crisis if the cabinet believes the President of the United States can’t do his job and then refuses to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution,” the Massachusetts lawmaker — and major Trump critic — tweeted. “They can’t have it both ways.”
Trump at the Montana rally also blasted suggestions that he's mentally unfit for office.