President Donald Trump is, yet again, coming under fire for his latest tweet. In this tweet, he was complaining about how his impeachment inquiry is comparable to 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
The term “lynching” refers to racial violence where many people- namely African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latin Americans- were lawlessly killed by white Americans during a dark era in the United States. In other words, it’s not an impeachment inquiry.
Naturally, Trump faced a lot of backlash for this tweet. While some have simply stated that this is not the language they would use, others have expressed more anger about this behavior. While talking to CNN, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass stated, “Whenever he has his back against the wall, he throws a racial bomb… He knew exactly how it would come across.”
Sen. Kamala Harris has also shown her dislike for the tweet by sending one of her own. She wrote, “Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation’s history, as is this President.”
Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation's history, as is this President. We'll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful. https://t.co/XOlsazwwRL
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 22, 2019
While many expressed their distaste for this comparison, Trump did have some support on his side. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham defended the president and claimed that this was “a lynching, in every sense.”
“I think that’s pretty well accurate. This is a sham. This is a joke. I’m going to let the whole world know that if we were doing this to a Democratic president you would be all over me right now,” he said regarding Trump’s tweet.
On Oct. 22, an important witness to the House impeachment inquiry, Ambassador William Taylor, arrived at Capitol Hill to testify for the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees.