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President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the efforts to impeach him 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
“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!” the president tweeted.
It’s unclear if Trump realized he hasn’t been impeached, or that the House hasn’t scheduled a vote on impeachment, or even begun a formal impeachment inquiry, all of which they are likely to do—things known as due process—before he does potentially get impeached.
Trump declaring himself lynched, as the head of a nation with a history of lynching people of color, a way to terrorize them as they fought was equal rights, infuriated Twitter users.
Considering the actual history of lynching in America and the fact that your father Fred Trump was arrested at a KKK rally you REALLY shouldn’t have wrote “lynching.” @realdonaldtrump https://t.co/YXlzmSOCdk— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) October 22, 2019
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
This is sick. Lynchings were a form of terrorism. Around 3,500 black Americans were lynched, peaking between 1877 and 1968. The victims were often beaten, tortured, hung, and sometimes set on fire. Trump is comparing that to being lawfully investigated for his blatant criminality https://t.co/iVOEb9trvI— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 22, 2019
Good morning.— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) October 22, 2019
Donald Trump, the man who still believes the innocent Central Park Five should be executed, just called the impeachment proceedings a "lynching." https://t.co/o0UPaAKYRu
How DARE you invoke that term. https://t.co/e2d3tIveKM— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) October 22, 2019
According to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, over 4,400 African-Americans were the victims of lynching in the U.S.
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