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The Latest: Trump says Dems can't win so they're impeaching

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, October 17 2019 Oct 17, 2019 October 17, 2019 7:32 PM October 17, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic lawmakers of pursuing an impeachment inquiry because they "won't come close in 2020."

House committees are trying to determine if Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Dallas on Thursday that the more America achieves, the "more hateful and enraged these crazy Democrats become."

Trump is being highly critical of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Trump and Pelosi had an explosive meeting Wednesday that resulted in Democratic leaders walking out of the meeting.

Trump claims, "The radical Democrats want to destroy America as we know it."

8:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is taking a few swipes at Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke as both campaign in Texas.

Trump seized Thursday on how O'Rourke proposed a mandatory buyback of assault-style rifles. During a town hall last week, O'Rourke said if elected, he would seek to revoke the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

Trump says, "Beto, in a few short weeks, got rid of guns and got rid of religion. Those are not two good things in Texas to get rid of."

Trump says he hopes O'Rourke ends his presidential bid to make a second run for Senate, this time against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Trump says, "John Cornyn is going to win so easily, just like Ted Cruz won."

O'Rourke is campaigning in a Dallas suburb.

10:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is heading to the Lone Star State.

Trump will be headlining a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday evening after holding a fundraiser in Fort Worth and touring a new Louis Vuitton leather workshop nearby.

Texas is a Republican stronghold and a GOP candidate can't win the White House without its 38 electoral college votes. Trump carried the state by 9 points in 2016, but Democrats have pointed to demographic trends as well as the fact that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection by just over 2 points last year as evidence the second most populous state in the nation could soon be in play.

On Tuesday, Trump's campaign held a preview event in San Antonio featuring the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

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