(CNSNews.com) – In what he characterized as a celebration, President Donald Trump did a victory lap at the White House on Thursday, marking the end of the Democrats’ efforts to impeach and remove him from office.
The president thanked his legal team, as well as certain GOP members of Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for supporting him throughout the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.
“A tremendous thing was done over the last number of months. Really, if you go back to it, over the last number of years. We had the witch hunt. It started from the day we came down the elevator,” Trump said. “And it never really stopped. We've been going through this now for over three years.
“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and lawyers. This should never happen to another president, ever. I don't know that other presidents would have been able to take it. Some people said no, they wouldn't have, but I can tell you, at a minimum, you have to focus on this because it can get away very quickly, no matter who you have with you. It can get away very quickly. It was a disgrace,” he said.
“Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster, by the way, it's possible I wouldn't even be standing here right now. We caught him in the act. Dirty cops. Bad people. If this happened to President Obama, a lot of people would have been in jail for a long time already - many, many years,” Trump said.
If he had been removed from office, the stock market would have taken a nosedive, the president said.
“I watched this morning as they tried to take credit for the stock market,” Trump said, referring to the Democrats. “Think of that. Let me tell you, if we didn't win, the stock market would have crashed. The market was going up a lot before the election because it was looking like we had a good chance to win.
“It went up tremendously from the time we won the election to the time we took office, which was November 8th until January 20th. That's our credit, that's all our credit. Leading up to that point was our credit, because there was hope. One of the reasons the stock market has gone up so much in the last few days is people think we are doing so well. They liked the State of the Union speech.,” he said.
“And this is really not a news conference. It's not a speech. It's not anything, it's just -- we are sort of -- it's a celebration, because we have something that just worked out. I mean, it worked out. We went through hell unfairly, did nothing wrong. Did nothing wrong. I've done things wrong in my life, I will admit - not purposely - but I've done things wrong. This is what the end result is,” he said, holding up the Thursday edition of the Washington Post with the headline, “Trump Acquitted.”
“But some of the people here have been incredible warriors. They are warriors. There's nothing from a legal standpoint -- this is a political thing. Every time I say, ‘This is unfair, let's go to court,"’ they say, ‘Sir, you can't go to court. This is politics.’ We were treated unbelievably unfairly.
“You have to understand, we first went through ‘Russia, Russia, Russia.’ It was all bullshit,” he said.
“We then went through the Mueller report, and they should have come back one day later. They didn't, they came back two years later after lives were ruined, after people went bankrupt, after people lost all their money. People went to Washington to help other people, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, they say,” the president said.
“We had a rough campaign. It was nasty. One of the nastiest, they say. They say Andrew Jackson was always the nastiest campaign. They actually said we topped it. It was nasty both in the primaries and in the election. But you see, we thought after the election it would stop, but it didn't stop, it just started. Tremendous corruption,” he said.
“So, we had a campaign -- little did we know we were running against some very, very bad and evil people with fake dossiers, with all of these horrible, dirty cops that took these dossiers and did bad things. They knew all about it. The FISA courts, should be ashamed of themselves. It's a very tough thing. And we ended up winning on the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’” the president said. .