Trump lashes out at 2020 Dems, impeachment inquiry

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE lashed out at 2020 Democrats during a campaign rally in Louisiana on Friday evening, singling out Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirs up controversy Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE.

Trump predicted news networks would endorse him in 2020 to preserve their ratings, suggesting they would decline of Warren were elected in the presidential election.

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“I absolutely think they’re going to endorse me, because if they don’t can you imagine having Pocahontas as your president,” Trump said, using a nickname to mock Warren.

“Or how about Sleepy Joe,” Trump continued, referring to Biden. “His son who knows nothing about energy unlike the people in this room.”

Trump has waged attacks on Biden and his family, claiming his son Hunter benefited from his father’s position by landing a position with a Ukrainian energy firm when Biden served as vice president.

“He doesn’t know what a gasoline tank looks like, and they’re paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars a month,” Trump told the crowd.

Trump's efforts to encourage Ukraine to investigate unsubstantiated corruption allegations against the Biden family triggered a whistleblower complaint and now are subject to an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

Trump went after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks MORE (D-Calif.) Friday evening as well, mocking her as “nervous Nancy” and claiming she "hates" the United States.

“I used to think she loves the country. She hates the country. Because she wouldn’t be doing this to the country if she did,” Trump said, referring to the impeachment inquiry.

“Nancy Pelosi hates the United States of America because she wouldn’t be doing this,” Trump said.

The whistleblower complaint, which Trump has dismissed as inaccurate, alleged that Trump used his official position to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election. 

Democrats are also investigating whether Trump held up military aid to Ukraine in order to press for politically motivated investigations; the president has denied there was any quid pro quo and that his July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect.”

Later, Trump also appeared to make light of Democratic 2020 contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE’s (I-Vt.) recent heart attack, saying, “Looks like Bernie lost his chance,” before wishing him well.

“Bernie was hitting a baseball today to show how strong he was,” Trump said, referring to a video Sanders shared on social media showing him hitting baseballs. “Bernie get better fast.”