Trump slammed by lawmakers after he called impeachment inquiry a ‘lynching’


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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump compared the impeachment inquiry against him to “a lynching” on Tuesday, drawing condemnation for comparing a congressional process to vigilante murders aimed mostly at black Americans.

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

African-American lawmakers took particular offense at the post.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” tweeted Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. “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.”

Trump has attacked House Democrats’ ongoing impeachment probe as political. But Tuesday was the first time he used the term “lynching.”

In general, a lynching is the hanging of an accused person without benefit of a trial – a fate often visited on black Americans in the pre-civil rights era.

The NAACP reports that, between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and, of these, “3,446 were black.”

In the decades following the Civil War, said the NAACP history, “lynchings were becoming a popular way of resolving some of the anger that whites had in relation to the free blacks.”

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Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who had the tweet read to him during an interview on CNN said: “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.”

Historian Kevin Kruse wrote on Twitter that “comparing impeachment proceedings to a lynching is even more insulting when you’ve cozied up to the very forces of white supremacy that historically have used lynching as a tool to terrorize racial minorities.”

House Democrats are investigating Trump for impeachment over a whistleblower complaint that accused Trump of asking a foreign country – Ukraine – to investigate one of his domestic political opponents, former Vice President Joe Biden.

As part of a series of familiar-looking tweets decrying the investigation as political, Trump also made a threat against future Democratic presidents.

“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 said.

The tweet came a day after Trump complained that Republicans have not been aggressive enough in defending him.

“Republicans have to get tougher and fight,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Monday. “We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party for the (2020) election.”

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