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Trump Uses Controversial New Word on Impeachment

This is a 'lynching,' he says, and black lawmakers are not pleased
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 8:33 AM CDT
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President Trump gestures while speaking during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Trump doesn't think the impeachment investigation is merely a "witch hunt." In a tweet Tuesday, he called it a "lynching," and black lawmakers are not pleased. "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," wrote Trump. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here—a lynching. But we will WIN!" The Hill notes that two prominent black lawmakers already have called out the president. “That is one word that no president ought to apply to himself," said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. "I’m a product of the South," he added on CNN. "I know the history of that word. That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using.”

Rep. Bobby Rush went further in his criticism. "You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?" he tweeted. "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." Meanwhile, the impeachment hearings continue Tuesday with the testimony of William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, reports USA Today. Those following the developments will recognize Taylor's name from previously released texts. Taylor is the one who wrote to fellow diplomat Gordon Sondland to register a complaint: "As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign." (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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