White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Fox News Friday that Democrats aren’t attempting to impeach President Trump because he’s committed any crimes—the real reason, she said, is that they’re afraid he’ll beat them in a policy debate. “You’re not gonna impeach this president when he’s had two of the most successful years that any president has had in modern history,” Sanders said, according to video of the encounter tweeted by Media Matters for America researcher Bobby Lewis. “The only reason they want to come after this president is that they know that they can’t beat him. They can’t beat him when it comes to a policy debate, and they’re not gonna beat him when it comes to 2020.” Her comments likely came in response to multiple lawmakers—including Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)—calling publicly for Trump’s impeachment in recent days.
President Trump tweeted a similarly bizarre defense of himself Friday: “How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?”