Democratic debate: Candidates call Trump impeachment 'global Watergate' and say he's 'most corrupt president in living history.

The leading Democratic presidential candidates joined one another in California for a debate set nearly 50 days before the primary votes are cast — and just after Donald Trump was impeached by Congress. All seven White House hopefuls who qualified for the foremost recent debate took the stage at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles the day after the United States House of Representatives voted to approve two articles of impeachment against the president, one for abusing the facility of his office and another for obstructing Congress during its inspection into his Ukraine dealings.

Elizabeth Warren described the president as the most corrupt “in living history”, while Joe Biden said Mr. Trump’s response to the impeachment saga was “dumbing down” the office of the presidency. Bernie Sanders also said Mr. Trump was “running the most corrupt administration in the modern history of this country”.

“I will personally be doing this … making the case that we have a president who has sold out the work families of this country”, he added, “and the case to be made is … we cannot have a president with that temperament who is dishonoring the” office of the president.

“This is a global Watergate”, Amy Klobuchar said, describing how Mr. Trump requested “dirt” from a foreign government on a political opponent. ​

Before Thursday night's debate, all seven had expressed their support for impeachment to varying degrees, with Ms. Klobuchar previously calling it a “global Watergate” along the campaign trail while others expressed concerns for how the proceedings may impact the future of the Democratic Party.

Tom Steyer a billionaire activist and the last candidate on stage to throw his hat in the ring for the Oval Office, effectively became known as a national figure during Mr. Trump’s tenure in the White House through his campaign to impeach the president. He ultimately received eight million signatures on his online impeachment petition form before declaring a run for office in July

Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, two of the more liberal senators who launched presidential campaigns in 2020 have also expressed strong support for impeachment in the past. Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said the president should be impeached early on in April after reading Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Ms. Warren said at the time that she had read the report in full, which showed “a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help”.

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