President Donald Trump essentially broke Twitter early Tuesday with a tweet that compared the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment effort to “a lynching.”
Complaining about a suspect process playing out in the House of Representatives to remove him from office, Trump tweeted, “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Given the nature of that process, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to vote on impeachment because it would open up rights for the GOP, Sen. Lindsey Graham backed the president’s play.
“This is a lynching in every sense,” the South Carolina Republican said.
“It shows a lot of things about our national media when it’s about Trump who cares about the process,” Graham told reporters. “As long as you get him — yeah, this is a lynching in every sense.”
“This is un-American,” Graham continued. “I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody is accused of major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on their behalf, and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge. If this continues in the House it is a complete sham and I will do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t live very long in the Senate.”
Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to be clear that he defends President Trump’s rhetoric he repeated the phrase while putting pressure on Pelosi to hold a floor vote.
“It is necessary to empower the Republican minority in the House to confront accusations against the President,” he said. “A vote of inquiry allows the President to confront his accuser and to call witnesses on his behalf. Until that is done, this is a joke, this is a sham and this is a political lynching.”
With the media rushing to attack racial connotations to Trump’s tweet, Graham was asked about some African-Americans taking offense to the use of the phrase.
“No, I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands and out to get somebody for no good reason,” the senator replied.
“What does lynching mean?” Graham continued. “When a mob grabs you, they don’t give you a chance to defend yourself. They don’t tell you what happened to you. They just destroy you. That’s exactly what is going on in the U.S. House of Representatives right now.”
The description is precisely how Wikipedia characterizes a lynching, not that a biased media would care.
— Deplorable Dreg (@Carrie_Kelly17) October 22, 2019
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, responded to the media’s hyperventilating over the use of the phrase to say President Trump is “frustrated” and his rhetoric reflects that.
“If you had to go through the three years that the president has had to live through, I think that’s just an example of the frustration the president feels,” Jordan said.
With Trump being a target of the opposition from before he ever took office, with key leaders of the U.S. intelligence apparatus moving against him, after a 2-year, $35 million investigation that proved to be little more than a witch hunt, which morphed into no less than five Democrat-controlled House committees trying to dig up dirt on him, it’s understandable that the president may be frustrated.
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