WATCH: President Trump rallies in Dallas

DALLAS, Texas (NBC News) - President Donald Trump traveled to Dallas, Texas on Thursday evening for a ‘Keep America Great’ rally among thousands of supporters.

President Donald Trump salutes the front row after speaking at a campaign rally, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Jeffrey McWhorter

President Trump started off with a few swipes at Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who was also campaigning in Dallas.

Trump spoke on how O'Rourke proposed a mandatory buyback of assault-style rifles.

During a town hall last week, O'Rourke said if elected, he would seek to revoke the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

Trump said, "Beto, in a few short weeks, got rid of guns and got rid of religion. Those are not two good things in Texas to get rid of."

Trump also said he hopes O'Rourke ends his presidential bid to make a second run for Senate, this time against Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

"John Cornyn is going to win so easily, just like Ted Cruz won," Trump said

Trump then accused Democratic lawmakers of pursuing an impeachment inquiry because they "won't come close in 2020."

House committees are trying to determine if Trump violated his oath of office by allegedly asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

Trump told his supporters that the more America achieves, the "more hateful and enraged these crazy Democrats become."

"The radical Democrats want to destroy America as we know it," Trump added.

Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry, bashing Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations.

Trump told his supporters: "At stake in this fight is the survival of American democracy itself."

President Trump said it would be easier for him to win the next presidential election if the U.S. did away with the Electoral College.

Trump said the beautiful thing about the Electoral College is "you go everywhere."

He said winning the popular vote would be much easier: "I'd go to four states and relax."

Trump carried the GOP stronghold by 9 points in 2016. But, Democrats have pointed to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's close reelection in 2018 as evidence that the state could soon be in play.

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