Trump’s Comparison of Impeachment to ‘Lynching’ Sparks Fierce Reaction: ‘Vile,’ ‘Disgraceful’

Lindsey Ellefson

President Trump compared impeachment to lynching Tuesday, sparking immediate backlash online from critics including George Takei, who called the statement “vile,” and other politicians, who condemned the tweet.

After tweeting about the impeachment inquiry announced last month, the president concluded, “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!”

“Star Trek” actor Takei was among many people who quickly responded to the comment. “Trump compared the impeachment process to a ‘lynching’–to which I have two responses,” tweeted Takei. “One, don’t even try and imply that rich, white men were ever lynched by angry mobs in this country. Vile.”

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He continued, “Two, it’s not a lynching if Nancy Pelosi just gives you enough rope to hang yourself.”

Kamala Harris reminded her Twitter followers that: “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.”

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro responded to the tweet by writing, “It’s beyond shameful to use the word ‘lynching’ to describe being held accountable for your actions.”

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On CNN’s “New Day,” political correspondent Abby Phillip responded in real time, noting that, “It’s also a pattern, as with all things with Trump: using the most inflammatory possible language to make a point about how things are unfair to him, but in doing so, really trying to get into the country’s deep racial wounds.”

See more reactions below:

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


Trump tweeted today that the impeachment process against him is a “lynching.”

No, sir, this is what a lynching looks like. Thousands of black people were lynched in America from the 1870s to the 1960s. And it happened because of racist, cowardly white men like Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/2Nu76DYHYV

– Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 22, 2019


If Trump thinks the Emoluments Clause is “phony” and the constitutional provisions for impeachment are a “lynching,” then he really should take time out of his busy day of hate-watching cable news to read the document he swore an oath to “protect, preserve and defend.”

– Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 22, 2019


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