Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Tuesday backed up President Donald Trump’s assessment that the Democratic impeachment inquiry is a “lynching,” adding it is a “sham.”
Asked what he thought of Trump’s characterization of the impeachment inquiry as a lynching, Graham responded, “I think that’s pretty well accurate.”
“This is a sham. This is a joke,” he added. “I’m going to let the whole world know that if we were doing this to a Democratic president, you would be all over me right now … This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “This is a sham. This is a joke. I’m going to let the whole world know that if we were doing this to a Democratic president, you would be all over me right now… This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American.” https://t.co/XLB6He9AAU pic.twitter.com/g4i0jVg48X
— The Hill (@thehill) October 22, 2019
Graham, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, promised that should the House vote to impeach Trump, he would do everything he could “to make sure it doesn’t live very long in the Senate,” The Hill reported.
Trump tweeted earlier in the day that Democrats are denying him due process rights in their inquiry into his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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
“So someday, 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!”
Graham identified some of those rights to reporters.
“I’ve never seen a situation in my life as a lawyer where somebody is accused of 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.
Pressed again on Trump’s use of the word “lynching,” Graham did not back down.
“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.
The Twitter outrage mob was fast to attack Trump calling him a racist for using the term.
Comparing impeachment to a #lynching is one of the most despicable and disgusting things to come out of this president’s mouth and that’s really saying something. Anyone who tries to defend this remark is just as reprehensible.https://t.co/ye8GFBFON8
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 22, 2019
The President of the United States comparing an impeachment inquiry to a #lynching is not a “distraction.” It is a reflection of the very real trajectory of our nation and the very repugnant evil of racism, which still permeates both legislation and language in the United States.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) October 22, 2019
#Lynching is a hard truth and a reprehensible stain on this country’s history.
The deliberate use of that word in any other context serves only to minimize and erase the pain and trauma endured by the thousands of Black Americans who were lynched from the 1870s to the 1960s.
— Sisters of Mercy (@SistersofMercy) October 22, 2019
I am doing my best to make sure I’m not just shouting into the ether when this hellscape timeline gives us another reason to fight the air.
— brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) October 22, 2019
Yet, the same outrage mob that attacks Trump gave Jerry Nadler a pass for 1998 during Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
The Outrage Mob Attacks Trump for Using ‘Lynching’ to Describe Impeachment Inquiry but Give Jerry Nadler a Pass
— Jim Ledbetter (@BigJimLedbetter) October 22, 2019
Black American, Jesse Lee Peterson rushed to the president’s defense with an interesting nugget of truth…
— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) October 22, 2019