Just one day before the House of Representatives is expected to officially impeach President Donald Trump with a floor vote on articles of impeachment, the President sent a frantic six page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who announced the impeachment inquiry against him in September.
The rambling letter reiterated Republican talking points against impeachment and indicated Trump's growing concern at the inevitability of his impeachment.
Trump wrote in the letter:
"By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allengiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy. You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme—yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America's founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build. Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!"
The letter went on in an attempt to discredit both articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—against the President.
Words & phrases in Trump's letter to Pelosi: assault cheapened cheated colossal crippling derangement destruction… https://t.co/x5886DKC04— Dan Zak (@Dan Zak)1576611772.0
Similar to some of his rhetoric in the past, Trump invoked images of a witch hunt.
"More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials."
For the record, the impeachment inquiry has gone through three committees in the House with numerous witnesses, a vote to confirm the inquiry, and chances for the President or his counsel to counter the arguments made in the House Judiciary Committee. Impeachment is a process enshrined by the Constitution.
People thought it was laughable that Trump thought more due process was granted to those who hanged because they wouldn't admit they were witches.
During the Salem Witch Trials, 20 people, mostly women, were falsely accused in a wave of hysteria and executed by… https://t.co/AuI12zQopH— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1576615502.0
Trump: No president has been treated worse than me! *Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield, and JFK stare in literally murde… https://t.co/iIUxEKjKF2— Allison Floyd (@Allison Floyd)1576615096.0
And also, by the way, just so we're clear: the Salem Witch Trials involved women being tied to pyres and set on fi… https://t.co/uShKjrwAZN— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin)1576615806.0
Whene'er someone says something is "worse than the Salem witch trials" they mean 'tis worse because 'tis happening to a man.— William Shakespeare (@William Shakespeare)1576614459.0
In addition to being a horrific example of extremely violent misogyny, the Salem Witch Trials are also notable in t… https://t.co/BzRAqcS1wM— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1576616421.0
When an accused person didn’t enter a plea during the Salem Witch Trials, stones would be piled on their chest for… https://t.co/sZWHAHurCa— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1576611483.0
That was far from the only section that stood out.
My favorite part of the Trump letter to Pelosi is when he complains that she not erratic and angry https://t.co/H54WJuMUfA— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1576616628.0
Trump letter boomerangs, actually explains why he must testify in Senate. He says 1) House is unfair+ 2) he did not… https://t.co/ZpscVpDhTb— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1576616656.0
I read trump’s letter to Pelosi. Now I have to go review statistical mechanics or something to reinvigorate brain… https://t.co/PqPx22vnsO— Ashlie Weeks (@Ashlie Weeks)1576616545.0
I'm only 2 1/2 paragraphs in to Trump's letter and it's clear to me that our President is unwell, unfit and very un… https://t.co/MAqElzWBKY— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1576613007.0
Trump’s deranged, unhinged letter makes a pretty compelling case that the President is unfit for office.— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1576612707.0
The House will vote on articles of impeachment on Wednesday.