President Donald Trump attacked “dishonest and corrupt” people Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, following his acquittal by his Republican allies in the Senate, according to NBC News.
“As everybody knows, my family, our great country, and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” Trump said. “They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”
“Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude, and strength to do what everyone knows was right,” he continued.
Trump displayed copies of USA Today and The Washington Post with headlines reading "ACQUITTED" and “Trump Acquitted” to the crowd a day after the Senate voted to acquit Trump on both impeachment charges -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was the only GOP member to vote for Trump’s conviction on the first article.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump said in an apparent shot at both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Romney. “Nor do i like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so.”
“So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on,” Trump added. “And I’ll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House.”
Towards the conclusion of his address, Trump said people of faith sometimes “hate” people, adding, “When they impeach you for nothing, then you’re supposed to like them? It’s not easy folks.”
Trump said he was doing his “best” to try otherwise, which drew some laughs.