Trump Likens House Impeachment Inquiry To ‘A Lynching’

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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump triggered outrage Tuesday by comparing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution.

“That is one word no president ought to apply to himself,” said Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking African American in Congress. “That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Trump’s words “unfortunate.”

“Given the history in our country, I would not compare this to a lynching,” the Senate’s top Republican told reporters. “That was an unfortunate choice of words.”

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who is also black, called on Trump to delete the tweet.

“Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet,” Rush wrote.

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted to Trump: “No sir! No, @realDonaldTrump: this is NOT a lynching, and shame on you for invoking such a horrific act that was used as a weapon to terrorize and murder African Americans.”

Republican legislators largely tried to put the focus on what they said was the unfair way in which Democrats are conducting the inquiry.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Trump’s description was “pretty well accurate.” He called the impeachment effort a “sham” and a “joke” because the president does not know the identity of his accuser, and the process is playing out in private.

“This is a lynching in every sense,” said Graham, who is close to Trump.

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s only black Republican, agreed with Trump’s sentiment but not his word choice.

“There’s no question that the impeachment process is the closest thing (to) a political death row trial, so I get his absolute rejection of the process,” Scott said. He added, “I wouldn’t use the word lynching.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is also close to Trump, also said “lynching” isn’t “the language that I would use.”

Defending Trump, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the president was trying to point out the way he has been “attacked” by the news media since before he took office. Trump’s tweet mentions Republicans and Democrats only, not the news media.

“The president’s not comparing what’s happened to him with one of our darkest moments in American history,” Gidley said.

Lynchings, typically hangings, were used mostly by whites against black men, mostly in the South, beginning in the late 19th century amid rising racial tensions. By comparing his possible impeachment to a lynching, Trump also likened Democrats to a mob intent on lynching someone.

Under pressure over impeachment, blowback over his Syria policy and other issues, the Republican president tweeted Tuesday: “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights.”

“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Malinda Edwards, whose father was lynched by Ku Klux Klansmen in Alabama in 1957, said Trump’s tweet was “unbelievable.”

“Either he’s very ignorant or very insensitive or very racist and just doesn’t care, said Edwards, 66, of Dayton, Ohio. Her father, Willie Edwards Jr., was forced to jump of a river bridge by Klansmen who heard that he had smiled at a white woman. Edwards’ name is now among those on a memorial in Montgomery honoring more than 4,000 lynching victims. His daughter said Trump’s comment made light of the horror experienced by victims of racially motivated killings.

“These are people who went through the most gruesome and heinous things that could be done to them,” Edwards said.

The Congressional Black Caucus encouraged Trump to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, also known as the “Lynching Museum,” to learn more about the history of lynching.

Trump often tries to portray himself as the victim, and the tweet came a day after he lashed out at critics of his decision — since rescinded — to schedule a major international economic summit for 2020 at one of his Florida golf properties. He also lamented people who invoke the “phony emoluments clause.”

The emoluments clause is in the Constitution and bans presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments, without the consent of Congress. Impeachment and its process are also in the Constitution.

A whistleblower’s complaint that Trump was attempting to use his office for personal political gain during a July 25 phone conversation with Ukraine’s president led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the impeachment inquiry.

Trump insists he did nothing wrong. He has characterized the conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “perfect” and argues that sore-loser Democrats are still trying to overturn the 2016 election that put him in the White House and keep him from winning reelection next year.

Lynchings were fueled by anger toward blacks across the South, where many whites blamed their financial problems on newly freed slaves living around them, the NAACP notes.

Separately Tuesday, a U.S. appeals court in Atlanta was considering whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in the mob lynching of two black couples . The young black sharecroppers were stopped along a rural road in 1946 by a white mob that dragged them out and shot them multiple times east of Atlanta. More than 100 people reportedly testified before a grand jury, but no one was ever indicted in the deaths of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey.

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38 COMMENTS

      • Nope your comment alone should s racist bigot lynch like comment yoni. You yourself demean and belittle “his angry populist base “. Anyone who
        Supports trump is uneducated . Of course we won’t discuss how educated blacks and Latinos are . But if you are a white hilly billy uneducated individual you count less . Trump is 1000% correct . Just like it’s ok to shame and punch anyone with a maga hat . Or harass people who work for Trump while out to eat with family like they did to sanders . All that is ok?
        You guys are a bunch of lynchers and bigots .

        And no you
        Ain’t removing him from
        Office but you guys are doing a great job dragging
        Sleepy joe thru the mud while energizing our base!
        Are you a little scared for 2020?

      • Nope your comment alone should s racist bigot lynch like comment yoni. You yourself demean and belittle “his angry populist base “. Anyone who
        Supports trump is uneducated . Of course we won’t discuss how educated blacks and Latinos are . But if you are a white hilly billy uneducated individual you count less . Trump is 1000% correct . Just like it’s ok to shame and punch anyone with a maga hat . Or harass people who work for Trump while out to eat with family like they did to sanders . All that is ok?
        You guys are a bunch of lynchers and bigots .

        And no you
        Ain’t removing him from
        Office but you guys are doing a great job dragging
        Sleepy joe thru the mud while energizing our base!
        Are you a little scared for 2020?

        • Archy, this isn’t a lynching but a House Committee looking into whether there are grounds for impeachment. Trump’s own Chief of Staff and several ambassadors have recently bolstered the case of those calling for impeachment. I haven’t yet read what transpired over Yom Tov but aside from what one hear on Fox News there is little good news for Trump.
          It’s not uncommon for criminals to claim that they are victims of “lynching”.

          Archy, once again let me remind you I am not the mysterious Yoni and I have no idea of who he is or who you are.

          • Educated Archy, If you mean chime in, I posted after reading the latest news on VIN which was the first thing that I did after returning home after Yom Toiv. If I posted 12 minutes after Educated Archy is one to assume that Arch and I are the same person. For an educated person your logic if flawed as is your perception of the news, the President and the Democrats.

          • Think of Yoni as the George Soros of VIN, the ever-present, omnipotent, mythical evil being, living a smoke-screen like existence, in service of Alex Jones cultists, Trumpian Trolls and Huckleberry Hucksters.

            When the facts are against you, blame Yoni.

            Or Benghazzi.

  1. ‘Acting’ Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor testified today in Congress that Trump directly ordered the withholding of Congressionally mandated funding to Ukraine. In return for dirt on Joe Biden. That is in the Congressional Record. Taylor is a West Point grad and officer in Viet Nam, then served Pres Geo W Bush in multiple roles. Trump in turlet.

      • Testimony based on hearsay is (generally, but with a number exceptions) inadmissible in criminal trials.

        An impeachment inquiry is not a criminal trial and not subject to the same strict rules of evidence, much the way the indictment process differs from an actual trial.

  2. There can be little doubt at this point that our President violated the law by inviting another country to help him get reelected. Now we must decide what if anything we want to do about it.

  3. Seems the gist of the article was missed by the commenters here. Trump sees this inquiry as a witchhunt, and he is correct. These DemocRats predetermined that Trump was a criminal, and they have abandoned the jobs they were elected to do, replacing their waking hours by looking for a crime. Even if Trump is guilty, these Dems are undeserving of public office for having cheated their constituents out of representation.

    The issue that most of the elected officials reported in this article highlighted was that this choice of words was racial. I’m no linguist, but I don’t believe this is true. It is the agenda of the Dems to make Trump appear racist. There is no supporting evidence to give this merit. But this is the media spin and the DemocRat agenda.

    The climate of political witchhunt, to seek to destroy a politician just because of his politics is a creation of the Dems. Finally, Trump allegedly hit back. Maybe he is guity, maybe not. But the political climate created by Dems is a good enough reason to vote them out of office. I would love to see the dirt on Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer, Schiff, and bunch of others. They have all lied to the American people and all have diverted their energies to their political agenda and away from their real jobs. I wish all of them speedy retirement.

    • So you are taking the position that even if the President committed a crime he cannot be punished because the policemen are impure. I am not a Jew and unaware of many of the nuances of the Rabbinical school of thought you are using. Please explain further.

      Unless of course you are just making stuff up.

      • All I am saying is that these Dems are crooked, obsessed, and morally and ethically unsound. I have much difficulty trusting any of them. Their judgment has proven to be distorted. The record is that everything they threw at Trump until now was unfounded, baseless, and maliciously contrived. We all know that. If not for the similarly corrupt media, little of this discussion would be public. I do not know whether Trump is guilty of anything. I do know the Dems are, and I continue to wish them all speedy retirement. I pray that they all get trounced in a landslide in 2020.

      • anon:

        Can you please share a clinically useful definition of “obfuscated”? I would like to share that with my psychiatrist so that he can order the right evaluation.

        Tests cannot treat any condition, and you are simply wasting your time trying to sound educated. You are poorly informed, and know diddly squat about mental health.

        Reality is that the current impeachment sham will backfire against the Dems, and they are running scared. I do wish them the greatest of political downfalls. May they be replaced by people with moral character who wish to serve the country and their constituents, not their pent up rage at having lost an election.

  4. Lynching is quite an accurate description. Let’s face the chilling reality: It’s only the president’s security detail that keeps the deranged, in-denial mob, made all the more dangerous by the twisted agendas and rhetoric of a corrupt political body and its in cahoots fake news media, from tearing him to pieces, literally. Funny I didn’t hear such a ruckus of protest when our president was referred to as a Nazi and the border crisis likened to concentration camps, both indefensible and ludicrous comparisons. Btw if Trump is impeached over a perceived faux pas, will Hillary Clinton and her cohorts be held accountable for their criminal interference in attempting to overthrow a legitimately elected US president? Nuff said.

    • Rachel, judging from your comments you must be one of those ill informed people who get all of your knowledge from Fox TV, Btreitbart, the Daily Caller and other discredited sources. Facts are facts. No one wants to tear Trump to pieces, they just want to see justice which means impeachment and trials for all of the crimes where there is evidence to indict Trump. Justice Justice shall you pursue.

      • The p[resident gives a hoot about the law but the exercise will fail because the republicans control the senate.The last sentence is from the torah which trump does not abide

  5. I remember when this phrase was commonly used. They had lynchings in cowboy movies, etc. It meant an execution by rope without trial. It rightfully fell into disuse because of racial sensitivities. Trump is stuck in the 80″s. He didn’t mean this in a racial context.

  6. I am the one and the only Yoni who, at the hands of Archy The Intolerable and the rest of the Trump uber alles crowd, seems to have assumed an almost mythical status here.

    Go figure Strange are the ways of the white trash with yarmulkas!

    YONI

  7. Actually, I’m the mythical YONI and I say trump is just using his ohev yisroel shtick because he, like all racists, thinks the Jews control everything. And, unfortunately, a lot of heimishe yidden identify with him for the same reasons.

    • I think someone needs to grow up a bit.

      You do a great job spinning things as if Cixelsyd Wnosanoy is some random deman and I am making thin gs up just to vilify. You fail to face the facts that i have listed a ten point proof with substance that makes a pretty damning case that there is some spammer on here with multiple screen names. I now have a very easy way for you to prove your validity. Post as I do with a unique pic for your screen name. Come on Cixelsyd Wnosanoy prove to the world that you only use that name. If you’d like I can re;list my ten point Proof. its amazing how someone who claims he is so mature, cats like such a two year old.

  8. “they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights”

    Umm, impeachment is the due process for a trial for a president… I’m pretty sure that Trump doesn’t even know what impeachment is.

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