President Donald Trump urged Republicans to stay together on Thursday as he fought calls for his impeachment from Democrats.
“THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR,” he wrote on Twitter. “STICK TOGETHER, PLAY THEIR GAME, AND FIGHT HARD REPUBLICANS. OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!”
THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR. STICK TOGETHER, PLAY THEIR GAME, AND FIGHT HARD REPUBLICANS. OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2019
Despite overwhelming support from Congressional Republicans, media reports featured criticism from some Senate Republicans using the cloak of anonymity to speak candidly.
Sen. Mitt Romney was the first Senator to describe Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “troubling” and even went on camera at the Atlantic Fest to detail his thoughts about the case.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who is running for reelection also spoke to reporters noting that he saw “real troubling things” after reading the whistleblower complaint.
The Washington Post reported Thursday “cracks” were emerging among Senators who criticized Trump’s phone call and his decision to release the transcript of the call to reporters.
Other Republicans relished the opportunity to defend the president.
In an interview with Breitbart News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the “left has officially lost their minds.”
House Minority whip Steve Scalise handed out a Mad Libs game mocking Democrats for their impeachment fever.
Rep. Mark Meadows went to war on Twitter in defense of the president, questioning the media and his Democrat colleagues in Congress for their case for impeachment.
Adam Schiff spent his entire press conference today imposing his own bad-faith, political interpretations on the Trump-Ukraine call. His argument: “Ukraine knew what this President wanted.”
Well here’s the Ukraine President, just now: “I think you read it—nobody pushed me.”
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 25, 2019
.@SteveScalise is handing out MAD LIBS IMPEACHMENT GAMES at GOP conference this am.
Stands to show: House Rs are salivating over the prospect of using impeachment against the majority, politically -> pic.twitter.com/J2Dsu5ERnu
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) September 25, 2019
Sen. Ron Johnson said he was considering opening an investigation into Biden’s role in Ukraine.