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Lindsey Graham Defends President Trump’s Comments: “Yes, this is a lynching”


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President Trump set off yet another media firestorm when he recently compared the Democrat’s baseless impeachment efforts to a modern day lynching.

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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!

Predictably, the Media ran into hyperdrive mode, saying how horrible our President is for using that word.

From ABC News:

President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to "a lynching" on TwitterTuesday morning, triggering another political firestorm.

A check of his previous tweets and public statements showed that this appeared to be the first time he has used the term as president.

"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," he wrote. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Oct. 21, 2019. 

Criticism of the president’s tweet was swift - from Democrats and some Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce that Trump’s word choice was “unfortunate.”

“Given the history in our country, I would not compare this to a lynching,” McConnell said. “It is an unfair process.”

“And a better way to characterize it would be as an unfair process,” he added.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said the word referred to a “painful scourge in our history” and called on Trump to retract his statement.

“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,” Kinzinger tweeted.

A top Democrat, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said on CNN, “"That is one word no president ought to apply to himself. You know, I've studied presidential history quite a bit, and I don't know if we've ever seen anything quite like this."

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., in a statement, called the president’s use of the word “unacceptable” and said it would “behoove” him to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala.

“Every time his back is up against the wall, he throws out the red meat of racial rhetoric and attacks communities of color, but the American people aren’t taking the bait,” she said.

But Lindsey Graham has come to the President's defense!

You can watch it here:

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Backup:

Our friends over at The Hill had more:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said President Trump is absolutely right to call the House impeachment process a “lynching.”

“This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American,” Graham said to reporters.

“I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody is accused of a 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,” he said.

Graham made his comments after Trump caused a firestorm by tweeting that the House impeachment inquiry is a “lynching.”

Graham backed up the president, saying, “I think that’s pretty well accurate.” 

“I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands and out to get somebody for no good reason,” he said.

Asked if he could understand why African Americans would be offended by the comparison, Graham stood his ground. 

“Yes, African Americans have [been] lynched. Other people have been lynched throughout history. What does lynching mean? That 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’s happening in the United States House of Representatives right now,” he said.

“In every sense, this is a mob taking over the rule of law. This is fundamentally un-American and until it changes, I will fight back as hard as I can,” he said of House Democrats.

Graham later clarified that he was comparing the House inquiry to a “political lynching.”

He also argued that the media wouldn’t be offended if the word was used to describe Republicans running an investigation into a Democrat president.

“If Republicans were doing this you would be okay with calling it a political lynching because that’s literally what it is,” he said. 

Pressed that the inquiry wasn’t literally a lynching he turned to a reporter and asked, “Do you get what’s going on?”

“What’s happened to your business? If we as Republicans took a Democratic president and did this to them you would not be so offended by the word,” he said. 

When a reporter noted that lynching was a literal term, he chided them saying, “give me a little credit for understanding that nobody is saying they’re trying to kill the president.”

“[But] impeachment is the death penalty for a politician,” he said. 

Graham’s comments reflect the escalating rhetoric and rising tensions surrounding the impeachment process, which were punctuated Tuesday by Trump's Tuesday morning tweet.

“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,” the president tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!”

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