Politics Trump blasts 'Never Trump' Republicans as 'human scum'

21:40  23 october  2019
21:40  23 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump on Wednesday excoriated so-called "Never-Trump Republicans" as "human scum" as he seeks to solidify Republican support of him amid an ongoing impeachment inquiry.

"The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats," Trump tweeted. "Watch out for them, they are human scum!"

It's unclear what led to the president to target Republicans who are critical of him, though Trump may have been lashing out at career government officials who are part of his administration and have cooperated in recent days with the impeachment inquiry.

Trump earlier this week complained that Democrats leading the impeachment investigation were interviewing individuals he hadn't heard of before launching into a tirade against the so-called never-Trumpers.

"Don't forget, many of these people were put there during Obama, during Clinton, during the Never Trump or Bush era," Trump said at a Cabinet meeting on Monday. "You know, you had a Never Trump or Bush. You have heard of those? Those people might be worse than the Democrats — the Never Trumpers. The good news is they're dying off fast."

In the same Cabinet meeting, Trump called on Republicans to fight tougher in the impeachment inquiry.

The president's tweet came as some of his Republican allies in the House had stormed a closed-door hearing to protest what they argued has been a lack of transparency in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry process.

The furor broke up the deposition of a top Defense Department official who was testifying about Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

The fracas also follows special envoy to Ukraine William Taylor who testified just one day ago that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to conduct a pair of investigations — one into 2016 election hacking, the other into the family of former Vice President Joe Biden — that might have helped Trump's reelection campaign next year.

Democrats viewed Taylor's testimony as particularly damaging for the president, who has repeatedly denied a quid pro quo or any inappropriate reactions with the Ukrainians.

Analysis: House Impeachment Inquiry Vote Underscores Intense Polarization .
No Republicans and only two Democrats broke ranks, a sign that the inquiry is likely to remain a highly partisan affair.Not a single House Republican on Thursday joined Democrats in supporting a resolution outlining the parameters for the next stage of impeachment proceedings, despite having demanded such a vote for weeks. Just two Democrats broke from their party to oppose the investigation.

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