This morning Trump took to Twitter and called the Democrat impeachment inquiry a “lynching”:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
He’s referring to it as a lynching because Democrats are conducting this inquiry “without due process or fairness or any legal rights”.
But liberals, of course, were outraged at the characterization because apparently only blacks can talk about being lynched…
You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?
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. https://t.co/oTMhWo4awR
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) October 22, 2019
Yes indeed. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here. The voters certainly will. https://t.co/LvxIjaacxf
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) October 22, 2019
Even some on the right didn’t like it…
We can all disagree on the process, and argue merits. But never should we use terms like “lynching” here. The painful scourge in our history has no comparison to politics, and @realDonaldTrump should retract this immediately. May God help us to return to a better way. https://t.co/URKNgxUfiv
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) October 22, 2019
It is not a lynching. Let’s not start dropping words that are important with real historic meaning where we water them down to nothing. https://t.co/6WDtPoV61Y
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 22, 2019
Impeachment proceedings are the due process you nimrod. https://t.co/jkee0DGLCX
— Ben (@BenHowe) October 22, 2019
I gotta say, I don’t hate the characterization by Trump. He’s obviously referring to the injustice of what is being done to him by Democrats conducting this impeachment inquiry. As he points out, it is being done “without due process or fairness or any legal rights”. And this is true. I know the word ‘lynching’ is loaded with a terrible history, but I think it does describe what’s going on right now as Pelosi and Schiff hold secret hearings behind closed doors to impeach Trump without affording him any right to defend himself.