2020 Democrats criticize Trump invoking lynching: 'Stain on this nation's history'

2020 Democrats criticize Trump invoking lynching: 'Stain on this nation's history'
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Multiple Democratic presidential candidates attacked President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE on Tuesday for his comparison of the impeachment inquiry to lynching, which they called a "stain on this nation’s history."

The president tweeted earlier Tuesday that Republicans should acknowledge they are “witnessing” a “lynching” with the House's impeachment process, racially fraught language that drew prompt criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism New book questions Harris's record on big banks MORE (D-Calif.) called lynching a "reprehensible stain on this nation’s history," adding that Trump constituted another.

“We’ll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful,” Harris tweeted. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (D-N.J.) also slammed Trump for his tweet, telling the president to “Try again.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro said Trump's word choice was “beyond shameful” to “describe being held accountable for your actions.” 

Billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Saagar Enjeti: Bloomberg 2020 bid would 'all but ensure a Bernie Sanders victory' MORE, who has long advocated for removing Trump from office through his movement Need to Impeach, tagged the president in his own tweet, saying “Shame on you.”

Trump has pushed this week for more Republican support to protect him from the impeachment inquiry, asking GOP lawmakers to “get tougher and fight” for him. 

Republicans have openly broken with Trump over the past few weeks over his July 25 call with the Ukrainian president that launched the House inquiry, his decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria and his plan to host next year's Group of Seven (G-7) conference at his Doral golf resort in Florida. Trump reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his resort on Saturday.