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 McConnellFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks MORE (R-Ky.) distanced himself on Tuesday from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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."

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 BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage 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 ThuneGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Hillicon Valley: Twitter shares more details on political ad rules | Supreme Court takes up Google-Oracle fight | Pentagon chief defends Microsoft cloud contract House, Senate announce agreement on anti-robocall bill MORE (R-S.D.), McConnell's No. 2, called it "inappropriate," while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday, "I don't agree with that language."