Joe Biden Town Hall Transcript: Biden Says Trump Should be Impeached - transcription powered by Happy Scribe

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To cobble together a nation capable of self-governance, a meeting, threats both foreign and domestic. They knew and we forget this sometimes. They knew that the battle for our nation didn't end at Yorktown. At the time, one of the biggest concerns was that foreign nations would interfere in our democracy, in our experiment. That's why we have an emoluments clause to prevent presidents from being secretly bribed or paid off by foreign governments. In his farewell address, George Washington, FISA's specifically warned against foreign nations meddling in our affairs.

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Here's what he said. Since history and Experis prove that foreign influence is one of the most one of the most baneful mundos baneful foes of Republican government. We have to be alert. Over two hundred years plus has followed and we have been consistent on our vigilance to keep foreign nations out of our elections. That was until President Donald Trump last week on the White House lawn. President Trump invited China to get engaged in deciding our election and who our nominee would be.

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He did it while standing in front of reporters and cameras like I am this moment in the broad light of day. There was a third foreign power that we know of these asked in clear, unmistakable language, clear, unmistakable language to interfere on behalf of the democratic procedures in the United States. America interfere with them. Kwoh, Russia. If you're listening or cold, I'd like you to do us a favor, though. End of quote. To the president, Ukraine, quote, China should start an investigation, end of quote.

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It's wrong. It's the very thing Washington warned about. It undermines our electoral process. It's un-American. Go to any city or town in this nation or your state, go in any schoolhouse, go into any town hall, any VFW post, any football or baseball game and ask the question, is it OK for a foreign nation to meddle in our elections, to spread lies about opponents, specifically at the at the direct invitation of a sitting president? The answer is obviously no.

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As Americans, it offends every bone in our body. The ballot box is sacred ground in America. That's where we make our voices heard. That's where we decide who leads us. That's where we chart America's future. It's where we fulfill our duty as citizens.

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It's not complicated. It's called democracy. We believe Americans should decide American elections, period. But Donald Trump will do anything to get re-elected, including violating the most basic forms of democracy. It's stunning and it's dangerous because it directly threatens our democracy. This is not hyperbole. It's a fact. No present in American history has ever dared to engage in such unimaginable behavior with his words and his actions. President Trump has indicted himself by obstructing justice, refusing to comply with the congressional inquiry.

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He's already convicted himself in full view of the world and the American people. Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts. You know.

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To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity. He should be impeached. That's not only because of what he's done to answer. Whether he has committed acts of sufficient to warrant impeachment is obvious. We see it in Trump's own words. We see it in the texts from State Department officials that have been made public. We see it in his point, much of the United States government into his corrupt schemes, individuals, and then the government is appointees.

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But we have to remember that impeachment isn't only isn't only about what the president's done. It's about the threat the president poses. The nation if allowed to remain in office. One thing about this president is absolutely clear. And I don't think anyone can contradict this. He is seeing no limits to his power, regardless of what the Constitution says.

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He believes the entire United States government can be corrupted into furthering his personal political needs. He's even willing to hold Congress and congressionally appropriated aid to a foreign nation hostage to his personal political demands. He believes if he does something, it's legal, period. And perhaps most important, he believes there's nothing we can do about it. He believes he can and will get away with anything he does. We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it.

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It's no joke. He's shooting holes in the constitution and we can not let him get away with it.

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We should have known Lucy should have no illusions, this is a president who has decided that this nation does not have the tools or the power or the political will to stop him from doing whatever he wants. Trump is, yes, testing us. He's laughing at us. He has no sense of decency. He doesn't care about the law. He doesn't believe that people and nations that follow the rules are anything other than suckers or fools or losers. We have to prove him wrong.

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We have to demonstrate that our constitution, our government, our elected officials, including Republicans, are up to this moment. And this is especially dangerous moment for this nation because we know the pressure on Trump is only going to increase. And with that pressure increases, he's only going to grow more volatile, more erratic, more self-serving and more destructive. He has another year in office. No, I'm serious. Think about that. Think about that. He'll stop at nothing to save himself.

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No individual, no institution. Nothing. Nothing that we've held sacred in this nation more than 200 years. We'll be safe. If Donald Trump was just a reality TV star. Wouldn't matter. But he's responsible for the largest economy in the world. He's commander in chief of the most powerful military in the history of the world. He's supposed to be a leader of the free world. Yet with the free world under threat of advancing authoritarianism, Donald Trump has completely abdicated America's global leadership and embraced those autocrats at a time when China is engaged in human rights abuses that are staggering cause for enormous concern.

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More than one hundred weaker Muslims are imprisoned in so-called re-education camps in the West and Hong Kong. Protesters are increasingly being met with violent repression as they demand the democratic rights they were promised, they were guaranteed by us and the rest of the world. Does he speak out for human rights and stand for the people in Hong Kong or the wiggers who were in re-education camps? No. In fact, he promises to stay silent. Trump and his emissaries have sought repeatedly to extort the existential fears of Ukrainian leaders for political advantage, holding up political support.

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A vitally needed military aid to pressure Ukraine at a time when he's engaged. It's engaged in a live war with Russia. Most people don't realize in the dumbass in the west, there's a war going on now or this costing thousands Ukrainian lives. This isn't a game. It's deadly serious. The United States cannot afford to have a president who will abuse whatever power is available then to get reelected. That's what it's all about. And here's the kicker. The people around the president knew that what he was doing was wrong, profoundly wrong.

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So what they tried to do, they tried to cover it up by hiding the evidence, classifying it like no other president attempt to classify these conversations.

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We don't really know about this thanks to the courageous actions of a whistleblower who has since been joined by others stepping up to protect our country. Trump scheme has been exposed. Look, folks. Trump did it because like every bully I've ever known or every bully we've read about in history, he's basically a coward. He's afraid. He's afraid.

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He's afraid about just how badly I will beat him next November. He's targeted me and my family lies and distortions, his smears. That's all they are. Because he thinks he will undermine my candidacy for the nomination as well as the presidency. If I'm the nominee, he's just flat doing what he's always done, lying. Even though the mainstream has called him out for his lies. Do you ever recall a reporter, a mainstream reporter, while a president speaking interrupted, saying he's lying?

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Maybe I don't remember any spending tens of millions of dollars this early in a campaign to engage in a Democratic primary to spread lies. He's trying to orchestrate a campaign where truth and the facts are irrelevant and globalist terms. You say it long enough, often enough. People may believe it. And his line is matched only by his manifest. Incompetence.

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Trust. I believe that at the outset of my announcing that there would be no level to which she will not stoop. He's insinuated that people who spoke to the whistleblower should be executed. Here's a Trump said in a closed door meeting with U.S. diplomats. Quote, I want to know who's the person who is the person who gave the whistleblower the information because that's close to a spy. I'm still quoting, you know, it used to do we used to do in the old days when we were smart.

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Right. So quoting right. Spies and treason. We used to handle a little differently than we do now. What president has ever used such language? I mean, think about this. What presidents ever use such language? Now, allegedly, I don't know for a fact. WHISTLE Whistleblowers are worried about their safety. Thanks to our President Trump. It is shameful. He has no shame, though. Trump even dare to say that if he is removed from office.

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Quote, I should say, quote, I'm not positive the quote. I'll be very precise that it will spark a civil war.

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Right wing media outlets are full of right wing media outlets are full of baseless conspiracy theories. In the darkest reaches, the Internet are awash with those vile attacks.

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And he's spending millions of dollars right now. Right now of campaign money from a special interest groups who hate me and most Democrats to spread his lies. And that's what they are. They're lies. There's no truth in these charges, in attacks against me or my son. Zero. Every independent news organization that's reviewed his charges at length found that to be flat out lie. And Trump knows it, but no method. He has used very well since he was a businessman.

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Repeat, repeat, repeat the lie. My insistence that a prosecutor who is viewed as corrupt be replaced was the official position of the president. The United States. The United States government, supported by Republican senators who sent a letter, send a letter in 2016 calling for the removal of Schellekens because of corruption supported by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund. Our allies, including the UK, France, Germany. What Trump did in Ukraine was to carry out a secret.