President Donald Trump claims he is not “worried” amid news that he will have to stand trial before the Senate in the new year after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m having a good time,” Trump, 73, told supporters onstage at his campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan on Wednesday. “I’m not worried.”
Despite the circumstances, Trump seemed hopeful, explaining that he believes the Republican party is stronger than ever.
“We had 198 to 229. We didn’t lose one Republican vote and three Democrats voted for us,” Trump said. “The Republican party has never been so affronted, but they’ve never been so united as they are right now.”
“Three Democrats went over to our side,” he said. “That’s unheard of.”
“I know the senators, and they’re great guys and women too. We have some great women, great guys. They love this country. They’re going to do the right thing,” Trump said to the crowd.
Trump later boasted about his approval rating, saying, “Have you seen my polls in the last four weeks?”. According to a new Gallup poll, Trump’s current approval rating is at 45 percent.
Trump also tweeted after the impeachment vote, sharing a black-and-white photo of himself with a text overlay that read, “In reality they’re not after me they’re after you.”
“I’m just in the way,” he added.
Trump had the support of Vice President Mike Pence , who also traveled to Michigan. He explained to the crowd that he too is confident about the trial. “The Republican Senate is going to have their say in January,” Pence said.
Trump was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in connection with his Ukraine scandal.
Trump, who has adamantly denied wrongdoing despite testimony otherwise, is only the third president in United States history to be impeached.
By a vote of 230 to 197 (and one present vote), the House’s Democratic majority overcame Republican resistance in the minority for the abuse of power charge. And by a vote of 229 to 198 (with one present vote), the House voted for the obstruction of Congress charge.
Trump will now be tried in the Republican-controlled Senate and a conviction, which would require the votes of nearly two dozen Republican senators, is far from certain. Many conservative lawmakers have said they are reluctant to proceed with a case against Trump, contending his impeachment amounts to a revenge scheme by liberals following the 2016 election.