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Trump insults Democrats, calls on followers to watch Fox News ahead of impeachment trial

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE on Saturday morning encouraged his followers on Twitter to watch his lawyers present his defense in the impeachment trial beginning at 10 a.m.

Trump encouraged people to watch the proceedings on Fox News and One America News while jabbing at CNN as “Fake News” and apparently mocking MSNBC as “MSDNC” — a likely reference to the Democratic Party.

Trump also hurled insults at lead House impeachment manager Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE (D-Calif.), House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They 'keep moving the goal post' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) as well as freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE (N.Y.), who has had not formal role on the Senate trial. 

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He insulted Ocasio-Cortez as “dumb as a rock” and said she was the “leader” of the other Democrats.

“Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!” Trump tweeted less than half an hour before the proceedings were set to begin.

Over the past three days, House Democrats led by Schiff laid out in great detail their case for Trump’s removal from office, presenting evidence they argue clearly supports their allegation that Trump abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations for his own personal and political benefit. 

The president has denied any wrongdoing, and his attorneys — led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal attorney Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules Now, we need the election monitors Judge denies Trump's request for a stay on subpoena for tax records MORE — are poised to begin laying out their defense on Saturday.

Trump on Friday complained about the first day of the defense beginning on a Saturday, describing it as “Death Valley” in television. The attorneys are expected to present for a relatively brief period of two to three hours on Saturday before engaging in a more robust presentation when the Senate reconvenes on Monday.

Trump has nothing on his public schedule on Saturday and is likely to be watching the proceedings.