President Donald Trump this weekend slammed Adam Schiff, one of the prominent House Democrats pushing for the president’s impeachment.
Trump spoke at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC on Saturday, rebuking Democratic impeachment efforts based on the president’s alleged misconduct in dealings with Ukraine.
Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political opponent Joe Biden.
The controversy arose after a whistleblower from within the U.S. intelligence community brought a complaint with an internal watchdog relating to Trump’s July telephone call with Zelenskiy.
“They’re coming after me because I’m fighting for you. I’m fighting for all Americans and our way of life, but I’m fighting for you and they don’t like you,” Trump said.
At one point during the event, which was hosted by the Family Research Council, Trump launched into an impression of Schiff that elicited laughter from the crowd.
He also called Schiff a “pencil neck” and said he was “physically” unimpressive.
“[Schiff] repeated my call but it wasn’t me,” Trump said, apparently referencing criticism faced by Schiff for his remarks at a recent House intelligence committee hearing on the whistleblower complaint against the president.
Schiff was accused of mischaracterizing the transcript of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy. The Democrat congresswoman defended himself against the allegations by arguing that his retelling of the call was a “parody.”
“He made it so bad and I said I’m going to go after him,” Trump said Saturday.
During the hour-long speech, the president also suggested suing or impeaching Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I said sue them anyway, even if we lose the American public will understand,” Trump said. “Or maybe we should just impeach them.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)