Defiant Trump Rallies Supporters In Michigan As House Impeaches Him

Dec 19, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kellogg Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Mich.
Credit Evan Vucci/AP Photo

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A defiant President Donald Trump is labeling his impeachment by the House of Representatives “a suicide march” for the Democratic Party. 

Trump spoke at a freewheeling rally in Michigan on Wednesday night as the House voted to impeach him.

He took the stage just minutes before he became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

It was a dramatic and discordant split-screen moment, with Trump emerging from a mock fireplace like Santa Claus at the Christmas-themed rally as the debate in Washington was underway.

It was also Trump's longest rally ever, clocking in at two hours and one minute.

President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell during his raucous impeachment-day rally in Michigan.

That drew a quick rebuke from the longtime Michigan congressman's widow and successor in the House.

Trump said at Wednesday's rally in Battle Creek that Debbie Dingell had thanked him for providing “A-plus treatment” after her husband's death in February.

He added that maybe the deceased congressman was “looking up," rather than down, from beyond the grave.

Rep. Debbie Dingell tweeted to Trump that his "hurtful words just made my healing much harder.”