Trump airs impeachment gripes while pushing economic agenda

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President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump came to North Carolina on Friday to showcase a new economic revitalization program, but he quickly took a verbal detour to reprise complaints about his impeachment by the House, saying Democrats should have to list a “failed impeachment hoax” on their resumes.

As he left Washington for his first trip since being acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump said of the Democrats, “I think there's a lot of evil on that side.”

Trump was speaking to a friendly crowd at the Charlotte summit on economic opportunity for those in low-income areas. The event took on the feel of one of his raucous political rallies, with audience members at one point leaping to their feet and breaking into chants of “Four More Years, Four More Years.”

Trump, soaking up the sentiments, wisecracked: “Now, if you want to drive them crazy, go: 'Twelve more years. Sixteen.”

Speaking of his Democratic accusers back in Washington, Trump told the audience: “It was the impeachment hoax. That was a thing of the past. Now they have a failed impeachment hoax. They can put that on their resume.”

Trump revived portions of this week's State of the Union address and made a few overt appeals for support from African Americans, a demographic that polls show he fares poorly with.

He also took pleasure in making note of the Democratic disarray in Iowa, where problems tabulating votes in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses left the results in dispute.

Trump said he'd heard fretting that “This a disaster. Trump is going to kill us on this one.” He added: “They're right. They're right.”