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Democrats Compared Clinton’s Impeachment To Lynching, Now Say Trump’s Racist For Doing The Same

Mary Margaret Olohan on October 22, 2019

Democrats compared former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment to lynching as they debated whether to impeach him in 1998.

Representatives heatedly debated whether or not to remove a president from office in December 1998 for the first time since the House voted to impeach former President Andrew Johnson on Feb. 24, 1868, according to The New York Times.

Multiple representatives compared Clinton’s impeachment to a lynching, and several others condemned it as a Republican attempt to remove Clinton from office.

Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis condemned the impeachment trial as “a lynching,” and former Democratic Rhode Island Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy called it “a political lynching.”

Former Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr. said that he was seeing a “Republican coup d’etat” — a phrase that Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Maxine Waters of California both used as well.

 ”Impeachment was designed to rid this nation of traitors and tyrants, not attempts to cover up an extramarital affair,” Conyers added in 1998. 

Republicans want to “decapitate their Commander in Chief,” former Democratic Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton said, and former Democratic New Jersey Rep. Steven R. Rothman bemoaned the “Republican juggernaut, driven by the right-wing.”

President Donald Trump compared the Democrats’ impeachment probe to “lynching” in a Tuesday tweet, saying, “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Democrats met the president’s comments with derision.

“You are comparing a constitutional process to the PREVALENT and SYSTEMATIC brutal torture of people in THIS COUNTRY that looked like me?” tweeted Democratic California Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Lord give me the strength to not take the bait but hold this man accountable for every single thing he says and does,” tweeted Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

“I resent it tremendously,” Democratic House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, who is black, told The Washington Post. “I think that what we see here once again is this president attempting to change the narrative by using what I consider to be real caustic terms in order to change the conversation. To compare the constitutional process to something like lynching is far beneath the office of president of the United States.”

“A lynching?!” tweeted President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for the Civil Rights Under Law Kristen Clarke. “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,” she added.

Trump also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night that the Democratic impeachment inquiry is focused only on politics, explaining to Hannity examples where former President Barack Obama was involved in scandals that could have gotten Obama impeached.

“They could have impeached in Obama for the IRS scandal,” Trump told Hannity. “They could have impeached him for the guns, for whatever, when the guns went all over the place and people getting killed … fast and furious. They could have impeached him for many different things. They didn’t impeach him. Then never even thought of impeaching him.”

Democrats have yet to vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry and are holding a series of depositions with ambassadors involved who Democrats believe were involved in Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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  • if he said NOTHING, they'd still attack him. no matter what he does or says, they'll jump him. i'm sooooooo happy he's strong and resistant to this b.s. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY!

  • I could NOT have said it better! Thank you!!! This and the previous DO NOTHING House of Reps are a real waste of time. At least the Senate has confirmed over 150 Judges and 2 Supreme Court Justices. THAT will have a long lasting effect on the Nation.

  • Those damn commie democrats have sworn they would impeach Trump from the day he was inaugurated !! The Democratic Party of socialist communism should be disbanded !!!

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  • What? How dare you bring good sense and honesty to the conversation. LOL. The Left would have us believe that Lincoln was Democrat and the KKK were all Republicans. Sadly, if the Left is talking, they are probably telling a whole lie or a half truth.

  • It's an inquisition. Guilt is established before questioning. The accused is not allowed witnesses on their behalf, to confront their accuser nor to present evidence on their behalf. In a trial the accused is hanged ( lynched) . In an inquisition the accused is burned at the stake.

  • They continue to over play the race card and soon real instances of racism in other words any aspect of race the DNC can profit from will be trivial.
    How does this help black neighborhoods? The DNC should set their sights higher but greed prevents that.

  • We had an Entertainer in Britain called Kenny (Lynch), and Yes he was Coloured but his colour was invisible to us all, Lynch is a common Irish/ Scots name, You American colours want to get over yourselves and get on with it instead of pulling out the race card at every opportunity.Pathetic!

  • I just saw the video of Amtrac Joe Biden using one of the plethora of words that democrats have decreed VERBOTTEN. he should drop out of the race immediately for this crime against humanity. btw, I did a little research on The Word That No One Dare Speak. facts are, far more white people were l_ _ _ _ _d than blk. so tell me again why I'm not allowed to say that word?

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