President Donald Trump will hold what will likely be a raucous rally for the ages on Wednesday evening in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the House is set to impeach him along partisan lines.
Trump will hold his “Merry Christmas” rally in the crucial battleground state after numerous polls and focus groups have found that Michiganders are souring on the House Democrats’ crusade to impeach Trump. Voters in Calhoun County, where the rally is taking place, voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012 and candidate Trump in 2016.
Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates.
All times eastern.
10:02 PM: As he wraps up his rally, Trump says Democrats had forgotten about Michigan but, with his administration, “you won’t be forgotten.” Trump says he could have a much easier life but he’s doing this to “bring back America.”
9:57 PM: Trump now praising ICE for going into “nests” to keep communities safe and taking out “bad, bad, bad people by the thousands.” Trump now says Pelosi should go take care of her district after ripping her for criticizing him for calling MS-13 gangsters “animals.” Trump says Pelosi should take care of the “homeless” and the “filth” in San Francisco “instead of wasting time on this nonsense.”
9:54 PM: Trump says he needs the extra four years to implement his agenda. He mentions Right to Try.
9:53 PM: Trump says one of the best things he has done was “fire James Comey’s ass out of there.” He says there is a lot of cleaning up in the FBI that needs to be done.
9:47 PM: Trump now saying he wants his donations back from Schumer. Says Schumer used to kiss his ass but now implies he is not presidential. He nows says Obama should have been impeached for lying about Obamacare, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal and the Iran Deal.
9:41 PM: On immigration, Trump says every Democrat running for president wants to open the floodgates to refugees. He says local communities must have a say on who gets admitted into their neighborhoods. Trump says, on immigration policy, that “our first duty and our one true allegiance is to you, the America people, before anybody else.” He talks about kicking thousands of MS-13 thugs out of the country.
9:36 PM: Trump, after talking about lightbulbs, now back to trade. He is talking about the terrible trade deals like TPP and says the new USMCA has powerful protections to keep auto manufacturing jobs in Michigan where they belong. Trump again mocking Obama for his “magic wand” comment. He hypes new investments from Chrysler and General Motors in Michigan.
9:20 PM: Trump talks about wages for blue-collar workers going up and says he’s happiest about the record-low unemployment rates for African Americans.
9:17 PM: Trump now says whenever he leaves office, the media are going to go out of business. Trump says the enthusiasm right now is greater than the 2016 election. He says a lot of it has to do with the “phony witch hunt.”
9:03 PM: Trump says this is the first impeachment with “no crime.” He wants to know what he did wrong. He says it’s “impeachment-lite” but he is having a good time unlike Nixon. He says he’s not worried because he did nothing wrong but Democrats have “cheapened the impeachment process.” He says it’s exactly what the Founding Fathers didn’t want. Trump says Americans will show up by the “tens of million next year to vote Pelosi the hell out of office.” Trump now says he wants his donations back from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and now is taking aim at Rep. Debbie Dingell. Trump jokes maybe her late husband John is “looking up” but “let’s assume he’s looking down.” He says she profusely thanked him for honoring her late husband but now wants him impeached.
8:59 PM: Trump informed of the impeachment vote totals and says Republicans have never been more united than they are now. He says Republicans in the Senate “are going to do the right thing.” Trump says Democrats are “lousy politicians” because they love sanctuary cities, open borders, and crime. Trump says Democrats, though, are “vicious people” who “always stick together.”
8:49 PM: Trump now says it would be great if Hillary runs again. Crowd chants “lock her up!” Trump rips Democrats for putting his family through impeachment and investigation and says Pelosi and Democrats should be the ones who are impeached. Trump says he doesn’t talk about the looks of men and women since the MeToo movement but makes fun of Schiff’s looks and says he is a “pathological liar.”
8:45 PM: Trump says the “lawless, partisan impeachment” is a “suicide march for the Democrat party.” He says Democrats have been trying to impeach him even before he ran. He says Democrats are showing “disdain” for the American voter. Trump says says NBC is owned by “Commie Cast” and loves that MSNBC’s and CNN’s ratings are down the tubes. Trump says Democrats think the Washington Swamp should be able to get a veto on election results.
"After three years of sinister witch hunts, hoaxes, scams, tonight the House Democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans," President Trump says at a massive rally in Battle Creek, #Michigan#KeepAmericaGreat #MAGA #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/iqsZ6dvXf9
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 19, 2019
8:38 PM: Trump says he liked Bill Clinton before he ran for office and wonders if Bill calls Hillary “Crooked Hillary” or “Crooked.” He says in 2016, Bill Clinton knew Trump was going to do well in Wisconsin, Michigan. He says Hillary “fortunately” didn’t listen to Bill when Bill said, “you horrible person… you are going to get your ass whipped” in the Midwest. Trump now praises Ronna McDaniel for convincing him to focus more on Michigan during the final days of the 2016 campaign. Trump says he is “much higher” in the polls now in Michigan than he ever was in 2016. He’s reminiscing about November 2016 and wonders who wants to watch “Boot-edge-edge” in a debate. Trump says he is not going to say bad things about “Mayor Pete” because he wants him to get the nomination. Again throws out the Alfred E. Neuman reference and says “you have to be older to know what that means.” Trump mocks Democrats, saying they want to get Michigan back but they don’t know how to do it. He says Democrats just allowed all of Michigan’s companies to go to Mexico.
8:33 PM: Trump says his son Barron would get a bigger crowd in Central Park than “Crazy Pocahontas.” He says the media are obsessed with the crowds that “Crazy Pocahontas” has been getting while they don’t mention the size of his crowds. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an empty seat,” Trump claims. He says the “crooked media” will turn their cameras to empty seats after people go to the bathroom so they can say that Trump was not able to fill up the arena.
8:32 PM: Trump says USA Today hates him and cites a poll from the publication that has him beating all of the Democrats (with a generic third-party candidate who was polled). Crowd chanting “four more years.”
8:25 PM: Trump, touting the stock market, says there have been 133 record days since he became president. Trump says he sees tremendous job growth and the 401Ks up 97%… Trump now talks about Ford’s new investments. Trump says, “you’re back!” He says while his administration is creating jobs, the radical left in Congress is consumed with hatred and rage and envy. “These people are crazy,” Trump says. Trump says he has the greatest economy in the history of the country and “nobody talks about it.” He says had “Crooked Hillary won,” the economy would have crashed. Trump is making his remarks as the House is impeaching him:
President Trump is officially impeached. Democrats approve 1st article of impeachment on "abuse of power". 2 Democrats vote no. For a moment, there was 1 Republican yea, but it was reversed.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 19, 2019
8:20 PM: Trump, before talking about building powerful ships and the most powerful weapons in the world, talks about liking Battle Creek cereal for a long time.
8:10 PM: Trump going heavy on manufacturing and trade, saying “we’ve stopped them” from leaving. Trump says he would have put tariffs on both Mexico and Canada had there not been a trade deal. Trump also says gets along with labor and touts his union support, saying he gave them some concessions in the trade deal.
Trump is heckled by agitators. “There’s a real slob,” Trump says. “She’ll get hell when she gets back home with mom.” Trump says you have to get “a little stronger” with the protesters.
Protester in Battle Creek goes double 'Stone Cold salute' (🖕🖕) right to POTUS and tells him 'f*ck you' several times. "There's a real slob," Trump says to cheers.
— John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT) December 19, 2019
Trump's speech is interrupted by protesters who unfurl a banner reading, "DON THE CON. YOU'RE FIRED." pic.twitter.com/lVpcT5NdK2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 19, 2019
8:08 PM: Trump: “It doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached.” He says “we did nothing wrong” and have “tremendous support in the Republican Party.” Trump says the country is thriving like never before. “Michigan has had the best year its ever had,” Trump says, talking about auto companies coming back.
8:07 PM: Trump thanks Pence and says, “Merry Christmas, Michigan.” He says 2016 in Michigan was the “greatest evening.” Trump says he is here to celebrate the miracle of Christmas, the greatness of America, and the glory of God.
President Trump: "Did you notice that everybody is saying merry Christmas again?" pic.twitter.com/Cve37hYUfm
— The Hill (@thehill) December 19, 2019
8:05 PM: Trump walks on stage to get the rally started. Crowd goes wild as always.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 19, 2019
7:58 PM: Pence says Pelosi and House Democrats are having their say tonight but the Republican Senate will have their say in January. Pence says “voters will remember in November.” Pence says Trump will be out in a few minutes but he wanted to see the “strong, unified Republican vote” on the floor of Congress.
7:47 PM: Vice President Mike Pence takes the stage to get the rally started. Pence says Michigan and America need four more years of Trump in the White House. Pence says “we stand with President Donald Trump” when Trump stands up against the do-nothing Democrats and their partisan impeachment. Pence says what’s going on in Washington is a “disgrace” and Democrats are trying to “impeach this president because they know they can’t defeat this president.” Pence says Democrats are trying to “run down our president” because they can’t run against the Trump administration’s record. He says despite three years of constant obstruction and resistance, America is still “winning like never before.” Pence says Trump has kept his promise to rebuild the military and has taken the fight to radical Islamic terrorists “on our terms… on their soil.” Pence says Trump has made “historic investments” along the border. He also says Trump has kept his promise to appoint strong conservatives to the federal courts. He also says he could not be more proud to be stand by a president who stands up for the sanctity of life without apologies. Pence says Trump has promised to revive the American economy and touts the “booming” economy under Trump. He cites seven million new jobs since election day 2016 and unemployment rates at record lows.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) December 19, 2019
7:15 PM: Rally running a little late. Looks like Trump is about to arrive soon.
6:50 PM: Trump arrives in Battle Creek:
— Kyle Mitchell (@JournalistKyle) December 18, 2019
— Kyle Mitchell (@JournalistKyle) December 18, 2019
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 18, 2019
6:00 PM: U.S. Senate candidate John James gets rousing ovation:
GOP U.S. Senate candidate John James, opening up for Trump in Battle Creek: “I was raised by a pair of Democrats from Mississippi, but I tell you what, they raised me with fear of God, and values of faith and family, God and country, service before self.”
— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) December 18, 2019
US Senate candidate John James was greeted with a standing ovation. He is challenging Democrat Gary Peters after losing a senate bid in 2018 to Debbie Stabenow. pic.twitter.com/qLgC2IaXNt
— Rose White (@rosekellywhite) December 18, 2019
Trump supporters ready for the president:
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 18, 2019
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 18, 2019
NEW: Ahead of historic impeachment vote President Trump refused to answer questions from reporters and instead greeted cheering supporters assembled on South Lawn. @CBSNews #ImpeachmentDay pic.twitter.com/vF2DLwu9fl
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) December 18, 2019
A C32A/757 serving today as Air Force One, waiting on the tarmac at @Andrews_JBA to fly Pres Trump to Battle Creek, MI for tonight's rally. By my count, it will be his 20th campaign rally this year, his 74th since taking office. It will be his 3rd in Michigan. pic.twitter.com/KKCetzmBSu
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 18, 2019
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) December 18, 2019
Trump supporters lining up in frigid temperatures for the Michigan rally:
In bitter cold, @realDonaldTrump supporters are lined up for the Battle Creek, MI rally. Some say they started camping out yesterday.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) December 18, 2019
Supporters waiting to get into Trump’s Battle Creek rally on the day the president could be impeached. (it’s 17 degrees outside) pic.twitter.com/jp19IQyYHr
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) December 18, 2019
Crowd outside in 20 degree weather before Trump rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. pic.twitter.com/DfMs87qOa8
— Malachi Barrett (@PolarBarrett) December 18, 2019
Thanks to the leadership of @realDonaldTrump, Michigan is THRIVING.
— GOP (@GOP) December 18, 2019