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
Trump grew most animated as he listed his grievances and described all the forces he believed are arrayed against him and his presidency.He repeated words like “hoax,” “scam” and “fraud” as casually as another president might say NATO or “shared values.”“So the political storm, I’ve lived with it from the day I got elected,” he said. “I’m used to it. For me, it’s like putting on a suit in the morning.”He complained that after special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s extensive probe into Russian election meddling and potential obstruction of justice by the White House, he got only “three days of peace” before the threat of impeachment cast a cloud over the second half of his term.“I’ve lived with this cloud now for almost three years,” he said.The president lamented that former House speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) “would never give anybody a subpoena,” hesitating when Trump’s defenders wanted to use congressional powers to investigate Democrats and the FBI. By contrast, he said, Pelosi was a subpoena-approving machine.Trump also embraced a sense of victimhood-by-proxy for his aides, some of whom were implicated in Mueller’s probe.“They came down to Washington to do a great job,” he said of his aides, claiming that the investigations had “destroyed” them. “They left Washington dark.”But Trump also presented himself as the battle-scarred victor who was uniquely capable of fighting back against his perceived enemies and on behalf of his supporters.In describing how he has survived the “greatest hoax” in history and a “fraudulent crime on the American people,” he cited conservative media figures.“People have said to me, how does he handle it?” Trump said. “Rush Limbaugh said, ‘I don’t know of any man in America that could handle it.’ Sean Hannity said the same thing.”
Sen TIM SCOTT on Pres Trump comparing the impeachment inquiry to a lynching: “There’s no question that the impeachment process is the closet thing to a political death row trial, so I get his absolute rejection of the process. I wouldn’t use the word lynching.”— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 22, 2019
Lindsey Graham tells reporters the impeachment process is “a lynching in every sense,” backing up Trump’s tweet this morning— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 22, 2019
When I interviewed my granddad he told me about growing up in 1930s Mississippi & the tremors of fear his small town felt when a neighbor was lynched by a white mob.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) October 22, 2019
There are ppl still alive for whom lynchings weren't an abstraction. They still carry that fear in their bones.
This yr marks the 100th anniv. of the Red Summer of 1919, when hundreds of African Americans were lynched and murdered across the country. Thousands more would follow. Lynching was used to beat Black people as far back into slavery as possible. The president is not being lynched. pic.twitter.com/0DQbYZmYE8— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) October 22, 2019
I’ve studied lynching for decades. Read hundreds of lynching accounts.Viewed almost scores of photographs. Wrote a book about lynching. Mr. Trump’s actions & words are consistent w/those who incited lynching, not its victims. And that fact makes this tweet particularly grotesque. pic.twitter.com/90P1kQL2ya— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) October 22, 2019