US President Donald Trump has lashed out at rival Democratic Party lawmakers, slamming them as “Do Nothing Democrat Savages” as more members of congress come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry over the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
“Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me,” Trump wrote on Twitter post Saturday. “Oh well, maybe next time!”
He was referring to two House committee chairmen, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler of New York and Adam Schiff of California, as well as first-term Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other progressive lawmakers who have been vocal critics of his administration.
Schiff and Nadler lead the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, respectively, and have battled the administration while seeking more details on the president’s Ukraine efforts.
Nadler responded to Trump’s tweet, in a post that said “Don’t let the President change the subject.”
“He got caught soliciting a foreign leader for help with his campaign at the expense of US national security. Again,” he added.
Trump’s tweet comes days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into the president. Nearly all House Democrats have publicly backed the inquiry, though about a dozen have yet to endorse it.
Support for the move surged following revelations this week that Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and had temporarily held up aid for the country over the summer.
Trump has denied wrongdoing, claiming that he held up the aid because he wanted other countries to contribute more to Ukraine’s defense, while Democrats argue the move amounted to the president seeking help from a foreign power against a political rival.
The White House released a memo of the July call between the presidents in which Trump encouraged Zelensky to look into Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner.
While many Republicans have yet to weigh in regarding the impeachment inquiry, one GOP lawmaker has expressed support for investigating the allegations over Ukraine.
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