Trump lashes out against impeachment during Florida rally

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President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (Richard Graulich /Palm Beach Post via AP)

SUNRISE, FL – Prompting a profane chant. Describing his own speeches as “ranting and raving.” Advising the governor of Florida to not always wear a jacket so people know he’s not fat.

Now a Florida man, President Donald Trump held what his campaign dubbed a “homecoming rally” near Miami Tuesday, continuing to lash out at the ongoing impeachment inquiry in a state that will be crucial to his 2020 reelection bid.

The rally was Trump’s first in the state since he officially changed his residency last month from Trump Tower in New York to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. He received a warm welcome from the roaring crowd at an arena in Sunrise.

“Welcome home to Florida,” the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, told him.

The House impeachment inquiry is entering its next phase after lawmakers last week completed their first round of public interviews concerning Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. The House Intelligence Committee is now preparing a report on its findings, while the House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its own hearings before it is expected to consider formal articles of impeachment.

Trump spent much of his rally railing against Democrats, accusing them of “trying to rip our nation apart” with investigations.

“First it was the Russia hoax,” Trump said, “and now the same maniacs are pushing the deranged ... impeachment” narrative. He insisted yet again that he had done nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and argued anew that Democrats are only trying to take him down because “they know that they cannot win the next election.”

Still, Trump insisted that voters aren’t being persuaded — despite polling to the contrary — and tried to assure his audience that "we won these last two weeks so solidly,” despite damning public testimony and unflattering press reports.