A defiant President Trump sought to convert the impeachment probe into a weapon on the campaign trail Thursday night, with biting attacks on Joe Biden. At a rally in Minneapolis, the first since Democrats began proceedings two weeks ago to remove him from office, the president's performance revealed a defense strategy largely detached from the allegations Trump faces, the AP reports. Trump spent little time defending his attempt to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens. Instead, he accused Biden and his son, Hunter, of getting rich "while America got robbed" and cast the impeachment fight in simpler terms—a battle between him and the "swamp." "They want to erase your vote like it never existed," Trump said. "They want to erase your voice, and they want to erase your future."
Trump, who accused Democrats of a "brazen attempt to overthrow our government," spoke for more than 90 minutes, and few of his political opponents were spared from insults. He said Biden "was only a good vice president because he knew how to kiss Barack Obama's a--." He called Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar "a disgrace" and an "America-hating socialist." He said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "really stupid." Before Trump took the stage, his son Eric warmed up the crowd with an attack on the Bidens. The younger Trump asked the crowd for an assessment of how Hunter Biden is feeling and suggested that the familiar Trump rally chant of "Lock her up"—directed at Hillary Clinton—become "Lock him up" instead. The crowd then chanted, "Lock him up, lock him up."
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