Donald Trump compares impeachment inquiry to a ‘lynching’ sparking fury from black Democrats – The Sun

DONALD Trump has sparked fury after comparing the impeachment inquiry to "lynching" in a tweet.

The US President used the term in frustration as the House of Representatives continue their investigation into possible wrongdoing.


Nancy Pelosi launched the inquiry on September 24 after it was alleged that Trump asked the Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son.

In the recent tweet, Trump claimed there was not "due process or fairness or any legal rights" during their attempted impeachment.

He added: "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!"

You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?

Some lawmakers claimed the comment was racially charged, as it evoked painful memories of the the Ku Klux Klan lynch mobs.

Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush tweeted: "You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?

"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. Delete this tweet."

But Trump's allies including South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham defended him.

'UN-AMERICAN' INVESTIGATION

"This is a lynching and in every sense this is un-American," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he disagreed with Trump's "unfortunate choice of words".

But he agreed that that the investigation led by House Democrats was "an unfair process" and was "inconsistent" with "procedural safeguards".

Trump was also criticised by California Democrat Karen Bass who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus.

You are comparing a constitutional process to the PREVALENT and SYSTEMATIC brutal torture of people in THIS COUNTRY that looked like me?

Ms. Bass tweeted: "Every time your back is up against the wall, you throw out these racial bombs. We’re not taking the bait."

She said that Trump compared "constitutional process to the PREVALENT and SYSTEMATIC brutal torture of people in THIS COUNTRY that looked like me?"

South Carolina James Clyburn, the House majority whip, said that it was "one word no president ought to apply to himself".

"I know the history of that word. That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using," he added.

The president is not comparing what happened to him with one of our darkest moments in American history.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley insisted the President did not intend to cause any offence.

He said: "The president is not comparing what happened to him with one of our darkest moments in American history.

"People are upset about President Trump's words all of the time but you can't argue with the results he's put fourth for the African American community."

WHERE DID THE TERM 'LYNCHING' AND 'LYNCH LAW' COME FROM?

THERE are numerous theories about where the term came from, here are just a few:

James Fitzstephen Lynch, the mayor of Galway, Ireland, in 1493, allegedly hung his son for killing a Spanish friend's nephew. This was unpopular with the townspeople and the term was claimed to have referred to justice outside of the legally recognised system.

An Englishman named Lynch was believed to have been sent to the colonies to fight-off piracy in 1687. There it's claimed that he hung every pirate he caught without trial. That allegedly became known as Lynch's Law.

A tory named Beard was hung near to Lynch Creek, in Frankin County, North Carolina, in 1778. He was killed in this way after his captors feared he would be rescued before he was taken to justice. From there a saying, "He out to be taken to Lynch Creek," allegedly emerged.

Another group in the area, named the Regulators, allegedly dispensed justice at Lynch Creek without a formal court in 1768, where some claim the name originated.

In 1835, a poacher who refused to leave Washington County, in Pennsylvania, was allegedly given 300 lashings by his neighbour, who was named Lynch.

During the Revolutionary War in 1736, Charles Lynch was appointed as the judge of a county court to avoid having to take prisoners over 200 miles away to be tried. There his punishments included being hanged by the thumbs until a guilty person shouted "Liberty Forever".
Edwards Phillips, from England, once described law as "hanging a man, then trying him" in 1678.

Halifax Law, in England was also cited as an origin, where people who were taken to trial were not given a chance to defend themselves and often were killed.

The history of the word "lynching" is widely debated but is believed to originate from "Lynch Law" which has several references throughout history.

Some of the suggestions go as far back as 1493 in Galway, Ireland, and others claim the term originated in the US, according to one Yale study.

It is widely accepted to be a form of punishment, typically hanging, without a legal trial.

THOUSANDS WERE LYNCHED

The Tuskegee Institute estimated that 4,743 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968, of which 3,446 were African Americans.

More than 73 per cent of them were committed after the Civil War and in Southern states.

Another study by the Equal Justice Initiative believed that 4,084 African Americans were lynched between 1877 and 1950 in the South.

The true figure is not known.

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) used lynching as a way to keep white Americans in power and to suppress freed black people.

They used the horrific act to discourage people of colour from voting, trying to obtain work or bettering themselves through education.

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