Anita Hill: Trump co-opting 'lynching' language is 'ludicrous and insulting'

Anita Hill: Trump co-opting 'lynching' language is 'ludicrous and insulting'
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Brandeis University professor Anita HillAnita Faye HillFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Christine Blasey Ford makes rare public appearance to accept empowerment award Anita Hill: 'I am ready to hold Joe Biden accountable' MORE on Thursday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-appointed State Department official embellished her resume, made fake Time cover: report Bolton suggests Trump's Turkey policy motivated by personal, financial interest: NBC Tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: Study MORE for likening the House impeachment inquiry to a "lynching," saying that the president's use of the term was "ludicrous and insulting."

"It’s just ludicrous," Hill, who in the 1990s accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Katie Hill calls out a 'double standard' in final floor speech Brent Budowsky: SCOTUS will affirm US v. Nixon MORE of sexual harassment, said during the CNN's Citizen conference. "The idea that a person with this kind of power and authority could co-opt this language on his own personal behalf is ludicrous and insulting and we need to call it out for that."

"We also have to go back to the reality that this is a tactic. This is a divisive tactic to get people to push back on any kind of challenges. It’s not really different from what happened in 1991," she added, referring to confirmation hearings in which she testified that Thomas made unwanted sexual advances toward her. Thomas has adamantly denied the accusations. 

Hill's critical comments came just days after Trump compared the impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" while lashing out at Democratic lawmakers over how they have handled the proceedings.

"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," Trump tweeted. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!"

The remarks prompted swift condemnations from a host of GOP and Democratic lawmakers, with many pointing to the United States' dark history of extrajudicial mob killings. More than 4,700 lynchings occurred in the U.S. between 1882 and 1968, with the majority of the victims being black Americans, according to the NAACP

Multiple Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Senate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump MORE (R-Maine), called on the president to retract the remarks. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate Siren song of impeachment lures Democrats toward election doom MORE (D-Calif.) last month announced a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump following revelations that his administration pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing Biden will always represent the 'safety candidate,' says Democratic strategist MORE, who is running for president, and his son Hunter. 

Multiple House committees have held closed-door depositions with a range of administration officials as part of the inquiry, sparking outrage from Trump and other Republicans over what they view as a lack of transparency. Dozens of GOP lawmakers delayed a deposition on Wednesday by about five hours after storming into a secure room in the Capitol to protest the handling of the inquiry.