Biden responds to GOP senator's impeachment warning

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden responded to Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R) on Sunday after she suggested he could be impeached if he wins the presidential election. 

“Why don’t you all show Joni Ernst just how smart you are by caucusing for me?” Biden joked to a room full of supporters, to loud applause.

“I promise if you stand with me, we will end Trump’s reign of hatred and division,” Biden said.

Biden was occasionally interrupted by protesters urging him to shun contributions from fossil fuel companies. The former vice president was speaking to a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters at a middle school in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the largest crowds his campaign has attracted to date.

His remarks came in response to comments Ernst made in an interview with Bloomberg, where she suggested that Biden could be impeached if elected for supposedly "turning a blind eye to Burisma because his son was on the board making over a million dollars a year.”

“I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened,” Ernst told the news outlet. “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”

The senator previously suggested that the impeachment trial could be used to hurt Biden's chances in the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

John Bowden contributed to this report.