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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 ClyburnProgressives put Democrats on defense Bernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall MORE (D-S.C.), one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress, and other lawmakers. 
 
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's speech to Congress GOP state attorneys general urge Biden, Congress not to expand Supreme Court Pelosi: Jan. 6 commission must focus only on insurrection 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 ThomasAmy Coney Barrett receives million advance for book deal: report We need a Herbert Hoover to reel in Big Tech Trump-era grievances could get second life at Supreme Court 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."