President Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops when it comes to opposition to his own impeachment inquiry.
The commander-in-chief certainly has the right to do so — he shouldn’t be expected to roll over and accept impeachment or removal from office as his destiny — but some have demonstrated justifiable outrage at his latest statement on the subject matter, which he issued out in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
Trump suggested in a tweet that what goes around could come around for a future Democratic president, and that Republicans ought not forget what’s happening to him presently, comparing it to being hanged.
“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 wrote.
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
“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching,” he added.
Many on Twitter looked at Trump’s words as going too far — especially since lynchings that happened without due process in the 19th and 20th centuries in America typically were racist affairs in which blacks were hanged by white lynch mobs.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow chastised the president outright for his commentary. “Sir, don’t you DARE invoke the darkness of America’s viciousness toward black people to defend your corruption. How dare you?!” Blow wrote in a reply to Trump.
Lynching?! Sir, don’t you DARE invoke the darkness of America’s viciousness toward black people to defend your corruption. How dare you?!… https://t.co/rxoa5w9LaR
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) October 22, 2019
Others were quick to reply with similar statements to Blow’s, pointing out the racist history of lynching, and noting that an impeachment inquiry was in no way comparable to the terrorism that was real in America for its black citizens. Some described Trump’s comments as “blatant racism.”
DESPICABLE! Trump mocks and belittles the thousands of African Americans lynched in our country by equating House Democrats following the US Constitution to a "lynching." Trump is truly vile.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 22, 2019
A “lynching?” Seriously? How DARE you? Your insensitivity is stunning. Your blatant racism is disgusting. YOU are despicable…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) October 22, 2019
You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?
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. https://t.co/oTMhWo4awR
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) October 22, 2019
It is not a lynching. Let's not start dropping words that are important with real historic meaning where we water them down to nothing. https://t.co/6WDtPoV61Y
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 22, 2019
A lynching?! 4,743 people were lynched in the US between 1882 – 1968, incl. 3,446 African Americans. Lynchings were crimes against humanity and an ugly part of our nation’s history of racial violence and brutality
Sickened to see Trump’s gross misappropriation of this term today pic.twitter.com/L8Oi9m8xRk
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) October 22, 2019
Trump has inspired multiple acts of racist violence and his referring to impeachment as a “lynching” is risible. But worse will be his toadies adopting this inversion of past and present, with the nation’s most powerful racist as a *victim* of racist violence, as a talking point. pic.twitter.com/EaXx3bUUUQ
— *Palpatine voice* UNLIMITED DADPUNS🍝 (@AdamSerwer) October 22, 2019
From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement, nearly three-quarters of all lynchings in the country happened to black Americans, according to records compiled by the NAACP.