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 HillAnita Hill says she'll vote for Biden Biden set to accept nomination in convention-closing address 50 years covering Biden MORE on Thursday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance 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 ThomasGOP senator attacks Biden: 'I'm not sure what he recalls' Abortion, gun rights, ObamaCare at stake with Supreme Court pick Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee 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.

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"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 CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden Credit union group to spend million on Senate, House races MORE (R-Maine), called on the president to retract the remarks. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit 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 BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio 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.