Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’

Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE on Thursday claimed Democrats "have a death wish," referring in part to the push from some members to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"The Democrats have a death wish, in more ways than one - they actually want to abolish ICE. This should cost them heavily in the Midterms. Yesterday, the Republicans overwhelmingly passed a bill supporting ICE!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet marked an escalation in rhetoric from the president in his constant attacks on Democrats.

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Trump has targeted Democrats in recent weeks over calls from a small number of liberal lawmakers to get rid of ICE over its role in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. He has said he believes the issue will cost Democrats in the midterm elections.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAvenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue' Democrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Lawrence O'Donnell: Secret Service could ‘physically remove’ Trump from White House when he loses in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Border patrol chief: Calls to abolish ICE impact the morale of my team Kamala Harris tied with Bernie Sanders as betting favorite for 2020 Dems MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Fearing ‘blue wave,’ drug, insurance companies build single-payer defense MORE (D-Calif.) are among the prominent Democrats who have said they'd support getting rid of ICE and beginning a new agency from scratch. Other Democrats have declined to go that far, saying some agency is required to enforce immigration laws.

The House on Wednesday approved a GOP resolution expressing support for ICE.

The measure was approved in a 244-35 vote that fell largely on party lines. Eighteen Democrats voted to back ICE, 34 opposed the resolution and 133 voted "present." One Republican, Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRecord numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Watchdog files Hatch Act violation complaints against 10 Trump administration officials GOP lawmaker fires back at Trump: 'Tariffs are taxes' MORE (R-Mich.), also voted against it.