Former US Republican President Trump has said he “became worse” after he was impeached by the House of Representatives twice during his four years in office.
Trump, during a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), said, “I didn't become different. I got impeached twice. I became worse.”
“I became worse,” he emphasized, garnering applause from the crowd.
Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice. He was impeached by the House twice during his four-year tenure in the White House, first in December 2019 and then again in January 2021.
The House first impeached the former president accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in connection with his dealings with Ukraine.
In his last days in the White House, Trump was impeached again, for incitement of an insurrection, following the deadly assault on the Capitol on January 6 where his thousands of supporters tried to capture the building housing the US Congress. Six people died in the incident.
The Republican-held Senate, however, acquitted him on all charges.
Following his second acquittal in February 2021, Trump said the impeachment effort was “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.”
“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” Trump wrote in a statement.
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate,” he added.
Trump has hinted he may be ready to begin planning another run for the White House in 2024.
Trump has told allies he is considering another White House bid. That would complicate life for a long list of other Republicans considering a 2024 run - including Vice President Mike Pence, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton - who would have to weigh whether to take on Trump.