MANCHESTER, N.H. – Former Vice President Joe Biden called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump to a standing ovation at McIntyre Ski Area on Wednesday, inferring that Trump is an imminent danger to American democracy itself.
Biden told the crowd that Trump had indicted and convicted himself when it comes to abuses of power following revelations that Trump requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky open an investigation into Biden’s son Hunter in exchange for foreign aid.
That, along with a request to Russia for incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign and a subsequent request to the government of China to investigate Biden after the controversy in Ukraine came to light highlighted Biden’s attack on Trump and his associates such as Rudy Giuliani.
“(Trump) sees no limit on his power and he believes that all government can be corrupted,” said Biden.
In his statements, Biden told the crowd that Trump sought that information due to Trump’s thinking that he is beyond any accountability as well as fear of Biden as a candidate as well as possible consequences Trump could face if he ever lost a grip on power.
“He knows how badly I will beat him in November (2020),” said Biden.
Biden did not mention any of his opponents for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination by name, only referencing his disgust for what he saw as an attempt by Trump to choose the Democratic nominee by his actions related to Ukraine and support for other candidates saying that any nomination must be about more than just defeating Trump.
Beyond his call for impeachment, Biden appeared visibly angry when referencing recent mass shooting that happened in Kansas City and Trump’s recent Oval Office discussion with NRA President Wayne LaPierre.
Additionally, he also told the audience that he would immediately re-enter the United States into the Paris Climate Accords, provide free community college to all Americans and fight tor reduce healthcare costs among other topics.
Approximately 20 minutes into his speech, a group holding signs that appeared to reference the Green New Deal interrupted the event before they were escorted out of the building.
Members of the audience almost immediately drowned out the protesters attempts as a “Mic Check” chant with cries of “We Want Joe” for approximately two minutes before Biden returned to his remarks.
The event was the second of the day for Biden, following a stop in Rochester where he first announced his support for Trump’s impeachment.