U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted House Democrats for unveiling articles of impeachment against him which he called "impeachment-light."
Speaking to a boisterous crowd in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Trump had harsh words for House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Trump is seeking to shore up support in swing states like Pennsylvania, which he won by less than 1 percentage point in 2016, visiting the state often ahead of the November 2020 election.
Trump also called the FBI "scum." "And the FBI also sent multiple undercover human spies to surveil and record people associated with our campaign." Trump said. "Look how they've hurt people. They've destroyed the lives of people that were great people. That are still great people. Their lives have been destroyed by scum, ok? By scum."
Pennsylvania, one of three "Rust Belt" states Trump won with votes from white, blue-collar voters who had previously supported Democrats, is seen as key to keeping control of the White House, along with Michigan and Wisconsin.
"We're gonna win Pennsylvania," Trump said at the rally, which was momentarily interrupted by a protester waving a pink sign that read "grabbing power back."
"Get her out," Trump said. "We don't want to be politically correct," he added.
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House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump several months ago over allegations he abused his office by pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate a political rival, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, Trump called the probe a hoax and disparaged Biden for forgetting the names of states in which he was campaigning. Biden is one of the leading candidates in the Democratic primary race.
In his wide-ranging speech, Trump referenced a report released this week by the Justice Department's inspector general that found it was proper to investigate Trump's campaign, saying "they spied."