Biden: My 'Lynching' Comment Wasn't Same as Trump's

He used the words 'partisan lynching' when discussing Bill Clinton's impeachment
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 9:50 AM CDT
Joe Biden speaks at United Federation of Teachers' annual Teacher Union Day on Sunday in New York.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – On Tuesday, Joe Biden took President Trump to task for describing the impeachment inquiry against him as a lynching. Also on Tuesday: Biden apologized for doing essentially the same thing in 1998. The series of events:

  • First came Biden's tweet, in which he chided the president: "Impeachment is not 'lynching,' it is part of our Constitution. Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It's despicable."
  • But then an October 1998 clip of Biden being interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the looming impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton surfaced. Biden said, "Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense."

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