President Trump spent a good chunk of his morning raging about impeachment investigations underway in the House of Representatives, turning the rhetoric up to full “WTF” levels of victimhood:
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
Yes, that’s the President of the United States of America comparing impeachment proceedings to “a lynching.” As The Washington Post reports, Trump’s comments were met with swift indignation…mostly:
President Trump’s comparison of the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching” elicited immediate rebukes Tuesday from Democrats and several Republicans, who condemned Trump’s use of a term most associated with the barbaric hanging of African American men. Yet other GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), endorsed Trump’s characterization.
“You are comparing a constitutional process to the PREVALENT and SYSTEMATIC brutal torture of people in THIS COUNTRY that looked like me?” tweeted Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus….
…most Republicans have said little about Trump’s “lynching” comment, dodging questions by saying they didn’t see the president’s latest tweet.
But some of Trump’s fiercest allies on Capitol Hill defended the president.
“This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters at the Capitol, calling the impeachment process “a sham” and a “joke.” [Pols emphasis]
Impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States are most certainly not a “lynching” in any sense of the word, but that didn’t stop GOP elected officials such as Sen. Graham, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) from DEFENDING Trump’s use of a term meant to describe the illegal killing of someone (usually by hanging) by an angry mob with or without a legal trial.
Senator Graham, you should be ashamed. Your state had 164 recorded lynchings, and your words disrespect and belittle African Americans and lynching victims. This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful! https://t.co/CcaX3clozp
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 22, 2019
We’ll update this post if and when Republican members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation — including Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) and State GOP Party Chair/Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) — respond to Trump’s “lynching” comments.