Gloom and doom in Louisiana: Trump warns of deep 'depression' if he loses in 2020

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- Using his typical brash rhetoric, President Donald Trump on Wednesday night warned a Louisiana rally crowd to expect economic gloom and doom if he is defeated next November.

"You will have a depression the likes of which you've never seen before," he said.

Trump also leveled fresh criticism at House Democrats over their impeachment inquiry, lobbing allegations of shenanigans at House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, whom he called "Shifty Schiff" and "a total crook."

The president also disparaged the intelligence community whistleblower whose formal complaint prompted House Democrats' investigation. He mocked that individual by saying the person has "disappeared" because the White House released a summary of Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine's new president, even though the document aligns with the whistleblower's complaint.

Accusing Democrats of "lies," he called his supporters and other Republicans an "angry majority," vowing they will "take back the House" next November.

Trump stepped onstage inside the Monroe Civic Center to weigh in on another governor's race, trying again to help a Republican across the finish line.


Polls have shown a close race between Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who will meet in a Nov. 16 runoff.

The president dubbed Edwards a "radical liberal Democrat," consistent with his message about other Democratic candidates he's campaigned against.

He also accused Democrats of "trying to rip our nation apart."

"They're after your Second Amendment," he said to boos. "And, with the Republicans, no one is going to (get) your Second Amendment."


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