McCarthy on Trump's 'lynching' comparison: 'That's not the language I would use'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySenators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote McCarthy slams Democrats on funding for mail-in balloting MORE (R-Calif.) said he disagreed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE's rhetoric comparing the Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a lynching, but added he thinks the president's frustrations over the investigation are legitimate. 

"So someday, 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 Tuesday morning. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"

The remarks sparked a flurry of pushback from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle due to the word’s association with extrajudicial murders of African Americans. But several top House Republicans said while the disavowed the word choice, they agreed with the president's anger.


"That's not the language I would use," McCarthy told reporters.  "I don't agree with that language, pretty simple."

The California Republican — who is one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress — said while he disagrees with his comments, he believes frustrations over the way Democrats have conducted the probe are legitimate, blasting Democrats for not making the transcripts of witnesses’ depositions available to all members of Congress. 

“It's very clear what the Democrats are doing here does not have due process,” he said. “It's not fair, the process is not something that this House is done ever in the past. “



House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Energy: Trump reportedly opposes royalty cuts for oil, gas companies | House GOP presses Saudis to ease oil production | Exxon Mobil cuts budget amid industry slump House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump House GOP leaders back effort to boost small-business loans MORE (R-La.) expressed similar sentiments about Trump’s tweet. 

“He could have used different language, but at the end of the day, the American people deserve a different process, they deserve a fair process,” he said. “And frankly, they deserve access, the press deserves access to what's going on behind closed doors in these rooms.”

Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneDurbin: Bringing senators back in two weeks would be 'dangerous and risky' Trump's magical thinking won't stop the coronavirus pandemic Lawmakers brace for more coronavirus legislation after trillion bill MORE, the No. 2 Republican in the upper chamber, condemned the remarks, telling reporters they were: “Inappropriate. That’s not appropriate in any context.”

And Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Blagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' MORE (R-Ill.) blasted the remarks, calling on the president to disavow his comments due to the historical connotation. 

"We can all disagree on the process and argue merits.  But never should we use terms like “lynching” here. The painful scourge in our history has no comparison to politics, and @realDonaldTrump should retract this immediately. May God help us to return to a better way,” he tweeted.