Dec 18, 2019

Trump plays Christian card as impeachment looms

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President Trump has made a number of appeals to his Christian base as the House prepares to make him the third impeached president in U.S. history.

Driving the news: In a dramatic split-screen, the House will vote on articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress just as Trump takes the stage for a "Merry Christmas" rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. On Tuesday, Trump sent a blistering letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing her of "offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President.'"

  • Before leaving for Michigan, Trump fired off a series of tweets retweeting his evangelical supporters and calling on Americans to "say a PRAYER" for their president.
  • On the House floor, meanwhile, Trump ally Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) compared the impeachment process to the crucifixion of Jesus, claiming that Pontius Pilate "afforded Jesus more rights than Democrats have afforded this president."

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Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

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Donald Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he's headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won't be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

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The highest drama comes home

Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Here's a split screen for the ages: While House Democrats are impeaching President Trump, he'll be firing up supporters at an election rally in Michigan.

Why it matters: This is the perfect encapsulation of the impeachment process.

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