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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Trump calls on Republicans to 'get rid' of Cheney, other GOP critics MORE (R-Calif.) said he disagreed with President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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.

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"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 ScaliseRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat Why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now 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 ThuneGOP says Ron Klain pulling Biden strings Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election After vote against aid package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship 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 KinzingerHaley praises Trump CPAC speech after breaking with him over Capitol riot Kinzinger: Trump just wants to 'stand in front of a crowd and be adored' Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP 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.