Oct 22, 2019

Trump calls impeachment inquiry "a lynching"

President Trump called the House's impeachment inquiry into allegations that he leveraged military funding for Ukraine to push an investigation against his political opponents "a lynching" in a Tuesday tweet.

"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!"

Why it matters: The president equated a congressional investigation into his administration to a hate crime historically targeting African Americans in the South.

  • The NAACP estimates that 4,743 recorded lynchings occurred in the U.S from 1882 through 1968.  Of those incidents, the vast majority — 3,446 — involved black people as victims.
  • CNN's Daniel Dale noted that this was the first time that Trump has used the word "lynching" as president.

Go deeper: Trump's premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy

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Biden apologizes for calling Clinton probe a "partisan lynching"

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted an apology Tuesday night after CNN reported he'd criticized President Trump for referring to the impeachment inquiry as a "lynching" yet called then-President Clinton's impeachment investigation a "partisan lynching" in 1998.

"This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that. Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily."
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Top House Democrat calls Trump's "lynching" tweet a "historically ignorant statement"

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In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said President Trump's tweet calling the impeachment inquiry against him a "lynching" was "a historically ignorant statement."

  • Trump received pushback from both sides of the aisle over calling the constitutionally authorized process of impeachment a "lynching." Lynching is an especially sensitive topic for African Americans, who were the majority of victims.
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What they're saying: D.C. reacts to Trump's "lynching" tweet

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Members of Congress and 2020 candidates reacted Tuesday to President Trump's tweet in which he compared the House's impeachment inquiry to "a lynching."

What they're saying: House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on CNN, "That is one word no president ought to apply to himself. You know, I've studied presidential history quite a bit, and I don't know if we've ever seen anything quite like this."

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