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Thune calls Trump remarks on lynching 'inappropriate'

 
"That's not appropriate in any context," he added. "It's just inappropriate." 
 
Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, is the latest lawmaker to push back against the president, after he made the comparison in a tweet on Tuesday. 
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Trump wrote that Republicans should recognize that they are "witnessing" a lynching in the form of impeachment.

"So some day, 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. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!"
 
Democrats are wading deeper into an impeachment inquiry focused on Trump asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, and whether or not the administration held up aid in an effort to pressure the country. 
 
The tweet sparked near immediate backlash from House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnPelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate Biden to name Jaime Harrison to lead the Democratic National Committee: report Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment MORE (D-S.C.), one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress, and other lawmakers. 
 
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Democrats seize on GOP donor fallout MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday that "I don't agree with that language." 

Thune is the highest ranking Senate Republican to push back against the president's remarks. 
 
 

"Well I remember when Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasTrump eyes lawyer who spoke at rally to help in impeachment trial: report Biden's identity politics do a disservice to his nominees For conservative justices, faith in 'religious freedom' trumps public health MORE called his confirmation hearing a high-tech lynching. Obviously that's hyperbole, and some people might find it offensive," Cornyn said. 
 
Asked if he was one of the people who would find it offensive, he added: "Listen I've got a pretty high threshold when it comes to being offended around here or I would be offended all day every day."