After President Trump sparked massive backlash on Tuesday by comparing the impeachment inquiry against him to a “lynching,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) came to the president’s defense and agreed with the comparison.
“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 her behalf and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge,” he said.
“I think that’s pretty well accurate,” Graham added.
“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 Trump’s use of a term most associated with the barbaric hanging of African American men, 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.
— Sonia Dridi (@Sonia_Dridi) October 22, 2019
“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.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted: “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!”
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
“I really believe this man is prone to inflammatory statements, and that is one word no president ought to apply to himself,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said shortly after Trump’s tweet.