Yesterday, President Trump created an uproar among liberal hypocrites by rightly calling the ‘impeachment’ process a “lynching.”
Democrats, like Joe Biden, immediately pounced and claimed ‘race’ insensitivity. Of course, democrats have used the simile themselves a number of times, especially when referring to the honorable way Slick Willie was impeached.
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden condemned President Trump’s comparison of the House impeachment against him as a “lynching” on Tuesday — but the former Vice President himself once used the same term when referencing the impeachment against former President Bill Clinton.
“Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”
But in a 1998 CNN interview, Biden referred to the then-impending House impeachment probe against Clinton as a possible “partisan lynching.”
“Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense,” Biden told the network.
Clinton that year wound up being impeached by the House of Representative for lying under oath and obstruction of justice.
He remained in office as the Senate in 1999 acquitted him, and he served as commander in chief until his second term ended in 2001.
Biden apologized late Tuesday night for using the term in the 90s.
“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden tweeted, while claiming the president had ulterior motives for using the word.
“Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”
Yeah, he did, because it’s accurate, many people agree, including Lindsey Graham, who defended the president’s remarks yesterday.
But, Biden wasn’t the only person to use the term. Jerrold Nadler specifically called Clinton’s impeachment a “lynching.”
Among those Democrats are two African-American representatives still serving in the House, as well as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and presidential contender Joe Biden.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., called Clinton’s impeachment a “persecution” and a “political lynching” on the House floor in 1998. And Danny Davis, D-Ill., condemned what he described as a “lynching in the People’s House.”
Biden, who has condemned Trump’s remarks as “abhorrent” and “despicable,” said in 1998 that a Clinton impeachment could be perceived as a “partisan lynching.”
In a tweet late Tuesday, Biden attempted to explain the discrepancy.
“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden wrote. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”
Jim McDermott, D-Wash., warned of the “political lynch” mob that was forming, and suggested that “we are going to find a rope, find a tree, and ask … questions later.”
Former top Democratic Sens. Harry Reid and John Kerry also have used the term on the Senate floor.
GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest pointed to an October 2008 comment from now-Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, that was published in an Associated Press article.
The quote from Nadler read: “I am the president’s defender in the sense that I haven’t seen anything yet that would rise, in my opinion, to the level of impeachable offense. … I wish we could get this over with quickly. … In pushing the process, in pushing the arguments of fairness and due process the Republicans so far have been running a lynch mob.”
A senior Trump campaign official said he didn’t “remember any Democrats complaining in 1998” about Nadler’s language.
The brouhaha began when Trump tweeted Tuesday: “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.”
Trump added: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Lynchings, or a mob hanging outside the legal system, historically were mostly used by whites [democrats] against black men in the South beginning in the late 19th century.
Democrats, this time around, immediately condemned the comparison of impeachment proceedings to lynchings.
“That is one word no president ought to apply to himself,” said South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress. “That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using.”
“This is a lynching in every sense.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who is also black, called on Trump to delete his tweet.
“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,” Rush wrote.
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted to Trump: “No sir! No, @realDonaldTrump: this is NOT a lynching, and shame on you for invoking such a horrific act that was used as a weapon to terrorize and murder African Americans.”
The New York Times, in a tweet, condemned Trump for “using a term that invokes the decades-long racist history of white mob murders of black people to describe a legal process laid out in the Constitution.”
[Again, everyone seems to forget that this was a democrat tool of voter suppression and hate.]
Meanwhile, Republican legislators largely tried to put the focus on what they said was the unfair way in which Democrats are conducting the inquiry.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Trump’s description was “pretty well accurate.” He called the impeachment effort a “sham” and a “joke” because the president does not know the identity of his accuser, and the process is playing out in private.
“This is a lynching in every sense,” said Graham, who is close to Trump.