The president of the United States, Donald Trump, offered a raging rally and with occasional obscenities on Tuesday in the state of Florida, his new official residence, where he arrived to celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday overshadowed by the threat of a political trial.
At the rally in Sunrise, north of Miami, Trump threw harsh insults against his political enemies, called the Democrats "depraved" and said they were attacking him in Washington because he had revealed "a dysfunctional system."
As is his custom, the president dedicated his anger to the press and called journalists "one of the most corrupt people in the world." The attack got the thousands of people in the crowd to direct their insults and boos to the media that covered the event.RELATED
While the Democrats plan the next phase in the investigation process for a political trial against him, the event at Sunrise served Trump to prove how faithful his Republican base is, which he has to stay in power throughout of this political crisis and then, in the 2020 elections.
"The radical Democrats are trying to turn the last election because they know they can't win the next election," Trump said, to which the crowd responded by singing "four more years! Four more years!"
House Democrats seem likely to prosecute Trump on charges of abuse of power, because the president allegedly pressured Ukraine to open a corruption investigation into one of his potential Democratic rivals by 2020, Democrat Joe Biden.
Even if the Senate, a Republican majority, acquits it – which is expected – this would make Trump the third president who goes through a process of dismissal. But the president hopes to avenge himself by winning the elections and Florida is a crucial state in this scheme. Trump recently identified this state as his legal residence, which was previously set in his native New York.
In an enclosure with capacity for more than 20,000 people and that was practically full the president showed his pull in a state that already in 2016 gave him the victory against Hillary Clinton.
Florida not only because it gives the winner a significant number of votes in the Electoral College, which is where in the end it is decided who the winner is, but because he does not have a fixed voting pattern and the same can be inclined by Republicans than by the Democrats
While the president surrounded himself on the stage of some close friends, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Deputy Governor Jeannete Nuñez, and former State Attorney Pam Biondi, his detractors told him he was not welcome.
Outside the amphitheater, dozens of protesters protested against the presence of the president and raised one of the famous "baby Trump" balloons, while the president celebrated what the organizers described as a "welcome party" to the new neighbor. "Florida is tired of suffering for its broken promises," said Florida Democratic Party President Terrie Rizzo in a statement. "This is not a welcome rally, but a farewell party."
After the rally, Trump retired to his Mar-a-Lago resort and golf club, on the Atlantic coast of Florida, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday there next Thursday.
In the early afternoon, still in Washington, the Republican president had fulfilled the tradition of pardoning two huge turkeys, which are the main course of these festivities.
He was flanked by his wife Melania, who had just been booed in a speech about the dangers of drugs in the city of Baltimore.
"We look forward to your participation"
Meanwhile, in winter Washington, the Democrats will continue to work on the eventual political trial.
The Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, which deals with the investigation, announced Tuesday that it will begin the next phase on December 4 and invited Trump and his lawyers to participate in it.
"The Committee looks forward to your participation in the investigation by political trial," wrote Jerry Nadler, president of the Judiciary Committee, in a letter to the president.
These hearings will address the historical and constitutional basis for a political trial and determine whether Trump's alleged actions warrant that the Committee issue dismissal charges, Nadler added in his letter.
On Monday night, investigators received good news in that regard from justice. An appeals court in Washington ruled that Trump's advisors must comply with congressional subpoenas in the context of the investigation, contradicting the orders that the White House gave its officials to ignore. "The presidents are not kings," Judge Ketanji Jackson wrote in his decision. "No one, not even the head of the Executive Branch, is above the law."
The ruling could give rise to the testimony of three key witnesses: former national security adviser John Bolton, the head of the White House cabinet, Mick Mulvaney, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
The Trump administration will appeal the ruling – which specifically applies to former White House attorney Don McGahn – with the intention of bringing it up to the Supreme Court.
(With information from EFE and AFP)