Trump calls Dem candidates 'clowns,' claims none can defeat him in 2020

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE asserted in an early morning tweet on Wednesday that none of the Democratic presidential contenders could defeat him in the 2020 general election and that House Democrats are trying to “illegally” impeach him as a result.

“You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States. Now you see why they have no choice but to push a totally illegal & absurd Impeachment of one of the most successful Presidents!” Trump tweeted.

Trump called the Democratic candidates "clowns" and claimed the economy would crash if any of them were elected next year.

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Trump’s messages marked his first reaction to the fourth Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, during which many of the candidates trained their attacks on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Mass.), who has been rising in the polls.

Impeachment was the first topic discussed at the outset of the debate, with several candidates outlining their support for impeaching Trump.

Trump has lashed out at House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, claiming his political opponents are seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has taken aim Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) and other top congressional Democrats in addition to his potential 2020 opponents during official White House events, campaign rallies and on Twitter.

Meanwhile, some recent polls have shown Warren or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE defeating Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups.

House Democrats last month launched an impeachment inquiry focused on Trump’s contacts with Ukraine after it was revealed that he asked the nation's leader to investigation Biden and his son. An anonymous intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint alleging Trump was using his official office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong on the call, saying it was focused on fighting "corruption" and not politics. No evidence of criminal wrongdoing related to the Bidens has emerged.

The president has also accused Democrats of a “witch hunt” — using a moniker he often reserved to describe former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation.

The White House has refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, accusing Democrats of neglecting due process and fairness by refusing to hold a formal vote to begin impeachment proceedings, among other things.

Vice President Pence, the Pentagon and Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE — a key person of interest in the impeachment inquiry — all refused to comply with subpoenas for documents in connection with the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday.

Updated at 9:15 a.m.