Despite recent calls for impeachment of Donald Trump from various politicians, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall pledges to stand by the president.

“I’ve been a big supporter of President Trump. I’ve stood right beside him through thick and thin,” Marshall told The Mercury Thursday afternoon. “I think that you’ll continue to see me doing that.”

Marshall, a Republican representing Kansas’ First Congressional District, which includes Manhattan, disputed the Democrats’ reasoning for trying to impeach Trump. The latest issue involves a July 25 phone call, during which Trump asked Volodymyr Zelensky, president of the Ukraine, to investigate Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

“I think that this latest issue, this next Ukrainian hoax, the witch hunt part two, it demonstrates that the Democrats will stop at nothing to impeach this president,” he said. “They’ve been trying to impeach him since the day he got elected, trying to undo the results of that election. They just cannot accept that he won the election. This Trump enragement syndrome seems to be very, very real.”

He encourages people to read the transcript between Trump and Zelensky. “I thought the conversation was appropriate when taken in the big context of the situation,” he said.

On Thursday morning, Trump publicly called on China to investigate the Bidens, another example of what his critics have considered an abuse of power.

When asked about those comments, Marshall said he had been in meetings with the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan all day Thursday, so he didn’t know the context of Trump’s comments. However, Marshall said he didn’t have a problem with the general premise of Trump’s comments.

“I think the president has every right to ask foreign governments to investigate corruption,” he said. “If there’s corruption, there’s corruption. I want all of this to be transparent, and I want corruption investigated.”

Marshall also discussed his 2020 campaign for the U.S. Senate, seeking to replace longtime Sen. Pat Roberts.

“What’s prepared me for this job is maybe the vast amount of experiences I do have,” Marshall said. “There’s not a job or profession that I probably haven’t touched in my lifetime, from medicine to oil and gas to agriculture. I was a bartender at Kite’s, for crying out loud. I think I understand Kansas really, really well. And those experiences in life should teach you wisdom. And for such a time as this, I’ve been prepared to go be a great senator for Kansas.”

Marshall, a Kansas State University graduate, said he wants to remain in Washington, D.C., to fix the “broken” immigration system, correct the healthcare system, secure the southern border with Mexico and protect the Second Amendment, among other things.

“I’m going to protect Kansas values,” he said. “The lessons, the values that I grew up (with). Everything that I needed to learn, I learned in El Dorado, Kansas — my hometown — (I) learned it at the supper table. I learned it in the classroom, the recess playgrounds, on the ballfields.”

Marshall said he wants to stop the “left’s socialist agenda” as well; he said he doesn’t like their approach to healthcare or the proposed Green New Deal.

“I think that there’s a big challenge to protect our republic,” he said. “No one said this was going to be easy. I think that our republic is being threatened by this left socialist agenda, and I’m going to stand by President Trump to stop that left socialist agenda.”

Marshall predicts Trump will win the election in 2020.

“I think this is the end of Joe Biden’s career,” he said. “And that sets the stage for Elizabeth Warren to just get a good beatdown by the president.”

Locally, Marshall said he is excited about Alfonso Clavijo, former professor at K-State, being named the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility director.

Inching toward next year’s election in November, Marshall, a physician, said he wants to continue to talk and listen to his constituents.

“I’ve always thought the best doctors were great listeners, and I think … the best politicians, the best senators will be great listeners too,” he said.