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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 McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Ky.) distanced himself on Tuesday from President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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 ThunePassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump Graham, Trump huddle to talk GOP's 2022 strategy MORE (R-S.D.), McConnell's No. 2, called it "inappropriate," while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocratic fury with GOP explodes in House Trump to attack Biden in CPAC speech McConnell knocks Pelosi Jan. 6 commission proposal: 'Partisan by design' MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday, "I don't agree with that language."