My jaw dropped and for a moment I was unable to breathe this morning when the first headline of the day read …
Trump compares impeachment probe to ‘lynching’
This is a new low, even for the ‘man’ who has re-defined such words as ‘crass’, ‘vulgar’, ‘immoral’, and more. This is … beyond anything that can be defined by words. And this, folks, is the so-called “president” of the United States. Here’s what he said … er, tweeted …
“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!”
Even despots who rule third-world countries with an iron hand and where corruption is rampant have more sense than to make such an utterly stupid and offensive remark! These are the words of a person who is cruel and ignorant, not the words of a person who is ultimately responsible for the lives of 330 million people.
Never mind that the impeachment process is only at the inquiry stage, that Nancy Pelosi and the committees investigating are, wisely, doing everything by the book, and that Trump will get his “due process” and “legal rights” when the Senate holds his trial, as is set forth by the U.S. Constitution. The bigger issue, besides his whining and lying, is his use of the word ‘lynching’ to describe the investigations. Nobody has placed a noose around his neck, and in fact, he is more than welcome to simply pack his bags and GO!
It was bad enough when he referred to the impeachment investigations as a “witch hunt”, his favourite word for the Mueller investigation. It was even worse when he referred to it as a “coup”, which would indicate that he was being illegally unseated by a violent group of people physically forcing him to leave. But lynching. That one … takes the cake. It is a slap in the face to every single person in this nation, whether they realize it or not. No, Mister Trump, nobody has tied a rope around your neck. Nobody has set out to kill you because of your skin colour. You are being investigated because it appears quite likely that you have broken the law, failed to uphold the Constitution you took an oath to defend, and abused the power of your office.
Joe Walsh, former GOP congressman who is now running against Trump in the republican primary said it best …
“Again, I apologize. I apologize for voting for Trump in 2016. I apologize for the role I played in helping to put this horrible human being in the White House.”
Ol’ Lindsey Graham, however, decided it was not only okay for Trump to have said what he said, but Lindsey reinforced it …
“So yeah, this is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American. I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody’s 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.”
Just what the Sam Hell is “un-American” about it, Mr. Graham? Read your damn Constitution … it’s right there in black and white! As to “confronting the accuser” and “calling witnesses”, as a lawyer you must surely realize that comes later in the process. Where did you get your license to practice law … from a box of Cracker Jacks? And, for you to defend the jackal in the Oval Office … I hope the people of South Carolina finally decide they’ve had enough of you! I have certainly had enough of you and your bosom buddy McConnell! It should be noted that Graham was an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of Bill Clinton two decades ago … methinks Graham has been in the Senate far too long!
Lynchings are a part of the darkest, ugliest time in U.S. history. 4,743 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968 in the United States, including 3,446 African Americans and 1,297 whites. More than 73 percent of lynchings in the post-Civil War period occurred in the Southern states, including 164 in Lindsey Graham’s own state. To use the term to describe a fully legal and Constitutionally mandated process is far beneath the office of president.
It is past time to put an end to this fiasco. There are serious issues in our nation that need to be addressed, yet not one damn thing is being done because the government has been dragged down by a monster … yes, a monster … in the Oval Office who is ignorant, who is self-serving, and who has no intention of serving this nation or doing the right thing for its people. It is past time to rid ourselves of this disease. Any republican who is still defending the indefensible deserves to be sent back home under a cloak of shame, for they have sold their souls upriver.