President Donald Trump told Republicans that he hoped even the somewhat discontent Republicans would get tougher on defending him as Democrats impeachment push picks up steam.
According to The Hill Trump made his comments during a Cabinet meeting where he lauded Democrats for their unity in attacking him, saying that Republicans should take note.
“The two things they have: They’re vicious and they stick together,” Trump said of Democrats according to The Hill. “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst. They don’t have people like that.”
“I watched a couple of people on television today. They were talking about what a phony deal it is. What a phony investigation it is,” Trump said during the Cabinet meeting, dismissing allegations that he’s abused his office.
“And Republicans have to get tougher and fight,” he continued. “We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican party for the election, which is coming up, where we’re doing very well.”\
When asked later to expand on what exactly he wanted Republicans to be tougher on, Trump said that he generally feels Democrats are more “vicious” than Republicans.
“I think the Democrats fight dirty. I think the Democrat are lousy politicians with lousy policy,” he said, adding that “Never Trump” Republicans “might be worse than the Democrats.”
“The good news is they’re dying off fast,” he said.
While Republicans have largely stood with Trump in as he weathers his impeachment inquiry, many have parted ways ideologically over his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria to the point of a bipartisan vote last week that rebuked Trump for his decision.
Additionally, a few GOP lawmakers have not yet made their opinions clear about whether they think Trump guilty of potentially impeachable offense, but support of the Democrats impeachment effort still seems like a very remote possibility in most cases.
When asked on Monday if he felt impeachment was a sure thing, Trump said that he believes Democrats will of course attempt to impeach him, calling their investigation into him “illegitimate,” according to The Hill.
“I think they want to,” he said. “Any Democrat wants to because they’re not going to beat me in the election. So of course they want to impeach.”
“It cannot be the way our founders, our great founders, meant this to be,” he said.
Written by Savannah Pointer.