Mary Margaret Olohan
Democrats compared former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment to lynching as they debated whether to impeach Clinton in 1998.
Representatives heatedly debated whether or not to remove Clinton from office in December 1998, the first impeachment since former President Andrew Johnson was impeached on Feb. 24, 1868, according to The New York Times. Multiple representatives compared the 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 Democratic Rhode Island Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy called it “a political lynching.”
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.
Republicans want to “decapitate their Commander in Chief,” Democratic Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton said, and 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 , “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!”
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 also told Fox News’s 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.