With news that House Democrats are moving toward a formal impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump and his allies ratcheted up their rhetoric about “witch hunts” and cranked up their fundraising machines. An email sent from Trump to conservative activists on Tuesday night urged donors to send money and join his “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force.”
In the email, Trump called Democratic moves toward impeachment “just another smear job and pathetic attempt by Democrats to rip the power from the people.”
“I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. TRUST ME, YOU’LL SEE THE TRANSCRIPT,” said the email. It continued:
It’s time to set something straight once and for all. The Democrats’ constant personal attacks, vicious lies, and now these baseless impeachment attacks, have never had anything to do with me…
Their goal has always been to silence YOU … they want to steal YOUR voice and YOUR vote.
This is only the beginning of yet ANOTHER nasty Witch Hunt against me, and we need to fight back BIGGER and STRONGER than ever before.
Trump equated “attacks against my Administration” with “attacks on our Country.”
Nervous Nancy has let this go too far and it’s only going to get worse … The closer we get to the 2020 Election, the more vicious their attacks against my Administration will get.
American’s fearless resolve has always protected this great country from these types of disgusting attacks on our Country. And I know, today will be no different.
To ramp up the pressure, Trump added, “I’ve asked my team to give me a list of every American who contributes and joins my Official Impeachment Defense Task Force. Will I see your name there?”
The email was sent by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee of Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee. The fine print explains that donations will be divided 75 percent to Trump and 25 percent to the RNC unless donors have surpassed their federal contribution limits.