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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill MORE (R-Calif.) said he disagreed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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 ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video 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 ThuneSenate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Romney backs pre-election Supreme Court vote, paving way for McConnell, Trump Senate GOP faces pivotal moment on pick for Supreme Court 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 KinzingerFox News reporter defends confirming Atlantic piece despite Trump backlash: 'I feel very confident' GOP lawmaker defends Fox reporter after Trump calls for her firing Lindsey Graham: 'QAnon is bats--- crazy' 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.