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 TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race 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 HarrisBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 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 BookerSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Congress can make progress on fighting emissions with Zero Food Waste Act 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 SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election 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.