Trump calls Dem candidates 'clowns,' claims none can defeat him in 2020

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE asserted in an early morning tweet on Wednesday that none of the Democratic presidential contenders could defeat him in the 2020 general election and that House Democrats are trying to “illegally” impeach him as a result.

“You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States. Now you see why they have no choice but to push a totally illegal & absurd Impeachment of one of the most successful Presidents!” Trump tweeted.

Trump called the Democratic candidates “clowns” and claimed the economy would crash if any of them were elected next year.

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Trump’s messages marked his first reaction to the fourth Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, during which many of the candidates trained their attacks on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who has been rising in the polls.

Impeachment was the first topic discussed at the outset of the debate, with several candidates outlining their support for impeaching Trump.

Trump has lashed out at House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, claiming his political opponents are seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has taken aim Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) and other top congressional Democrats in addition to his potential 2020 opponents during official White House events, campaign rallies and on Twitter.

Meanwhile, some recent polls have shown Warren or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE defeating Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups.

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House Democrats last month launched an impeachment inquiry focused on Trump’s contacts with Ukraine after it was revealed that he asked the nation’s leader to investigation Biden and his son. An anonymous intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint alleging Trump was using his official office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong on the call, saying it was focused on fighting “corruption” and not politics. No evidence of criminal wrongdoing related to the Bidens has emerged.

The president has also accused Democrats of a “witch hunt” — using a moniker he often reserved to describe former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation.

The White House has refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, accusing Democrats of neglecting due process and fairness by refusing to hold a formal vote to begin impeachment proceedings, among other things.

Vice President Pence, the Pentagon and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week Piers Morgan, Rudy Giuliani in furious debate over Trump: ‘You sound completely barking mad’ Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE — a key person of interest in the impeachment inquiry — all refused to comply with subpoenas for documents in connection with the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday.

Updated at 9:15 a.m.

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