Trump’s ‘lynching’ comparison earns bipartisan criticism


House and Senate GOP leaders said they do not agree with President Trump’s language comparing the impeachment inquiry to “lynching.”

“Given the history in our country, I would not compare this to a lynching,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “That was an unfortunate choice of words.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also parted ways with the president on the “lynching” comparison.

“That’s not the language I would use,” the California Republican told reporters Tuesday.

Congressional lawmakers, in particular Democrats, are condemning Trump’s Tuesday morning tweet and House Democrats are even mulling a resolution that would formalize their opposition to it.

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

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday, they were angry about the comparison and that it showed Trump’s ignorance of the painful history of whites lynching African Americans.

“African Americans were lynched just because they were black, and of course he has no understanding of this horrific history,” said Rep. Barbara Lee. “For him to say something like that was disgusting and reflects his insensitivity toward the historical tragedies of this country.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned the lynching tweet as well.

[Related: Twitter erupts after Trump calls impeachment ‘a lynching’]

“He never should have used that word,” the New York Democrat told reporters Tuesday.

Republicans said while they did not agree with the comparison, they side with Trump’s view that the closed-door impeachment process ongoing in the House and run by Democrats has not been fair to him.

The House never took a formal vote on opening the inquiry and most of it has been in closed-door sessions, with only leaked testimony providing any indication on what is happening.

McConnell called the House impeachment inquiry “grossly unfair,” and said Trump “has legitimate concerns about the process.”

Sen. John Kennedy said he did not view Trump’s comments as racist.

“I think the point he was trying to make, at least the way I interpreted it, was an absence of due process,” said the Louisiana Republican.

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