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

McConnell: Trump lynching comment 'an unfortunate choice of words'
© Greg Nash
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Manchin opens door to supporting scaled-down election reform bill Pelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel MORE (R-Ky.) distanced himself on Tuesday from President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos 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 BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia 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 ThuneYellen: Disclosure of tax data to ProPublica a 'very serious situation' Sanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right MORE (R-S.D.), McConnell's No. 2, called it "inappropriate," while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality Pelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday, "I don't agree with that language."