McConnell: Trump lynching comment 'an unfortunate choice of words'

McConnell: Trump lynching comment 'an unfortunate choice of words'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) distanced himself on Tuesday from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s comparison of the impeachment inquiry to a lynching.

“Given the history in our country I would not compare this to a lynching," McConnell told reporters. “That was an unfortunate choice of words."
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He added that the House impeachment inquiry is "an unfair process, and a better way to characterize it would be to call it an unfair process."
 
Trump sparked a political backlash when he made the comparison in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
 
"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 former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE — a top 2020 rival of Trump's — and his son Hunter Biden, and whether the administration held up aid in an effort to pressure the country.
 
McConnell, who declined to comment on Trump's tweet earlier Tuesday, is the latest GOP lawmaker to distance themselves from the president's rhetoric. 

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Trump dismisses legal questions on GOP nomination speech at White House MORE (R-S.D.), McConnell's No. 2, called it "inappropriate," while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief A trillion stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday, "I don't agree with that language."