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Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’

Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win 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 AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory MORE (R-Mich.), also voted against it.