With just one day left until the Republican primary election in Texas, former President Donald Trump is continuing to hammer House Speaker Dade Phelan for leading the impeachment against Attorney General Ken Paxton and killing election integrity legislation.

In an interview with Chris Salcedo on Monday, Trump said voters “have to get rid” of Phelan and other “pro-Democrat Republicans.”

“You have an Attorney General who is very good and he went out and impeached him,” said Trump. “And as a Republican I said, ‘don’t you have some Democrats you could worry about?’ because you have a great attorney general, one of the best in the country. And they went all out to impeach him and really hurt him. And that was led by Phelan.”

While Trump said he had not seen polling on the race, he added, “hopefully, the people are going to be smart and vote him out.”

“He killed voter security legislation that nobody could believe. I said, ‘Who is that guy?’”

Phelan has been criticized during his campaign for helping Democrats lower the penalty for illegal voting from a felony to a misdemeanor. He also refused to move legislation forward that would restore the power of the attorney general to prosecute election fraud cases.

In January, Trump endorsed David Covey, who is one of the candidates challenging Phelan in his district. He has also endorsed a slate of candidates—many of them challengers to incumbent House Republicans that he has portrayed as RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) in the past several weeks. 

The interview comes as Trump is poised to win the Texas Republican primary and the party’s nomination. One of the issues he said he will focus on, should he return to the White House in 2025, is securing the border.

“Look what they did to the beautiful young nursing student in Georgia,” Trump said, referring to the murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley two weeks ago by an illegal alien with a criminal background. “Then you look at all of the things that are happening in our country and it’s absolutely hard to believe that our country is in this position. I think we’re at the lowest level we’ve ever been, in terms of spirit.”

“We have to get [Biden] out. If we don’t get him out, I don’t think we’re gonna have a country left.”

Election Day in the Texas primaries is Tuesday, March 5. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens