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 McConnellKentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics MORE (R-Ky.) distanced himself on Tuesday from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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 leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say 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 ThuneMcConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills Senate votes to rein in Trump's power to attack Iran As many as eight GOP senators expected to vote to curb Trump's power to attack Iran MORE (R-S.D.), McConnell's No. 2, called it "inappropriate," while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDon't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday, "I don't agree with that language."