Joe Biden Used The Term ‘Lynching’ To Describe Impeachment In 1998

The Federalist | 10/23/2019 | Tristan Justice
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Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, who criticized President Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the impeachment inquiry currently unfolding in the House of Representatives, used the term himself when he was a Delaware senator in 1998.

“Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense,” Biden told CNN during the Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings.

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The comments, first uncovered by the network’s KFILE, showcase a double-standard from Democrats, who were quick to attack the president for invoking the term to describe the current impeachment process underway in the House.

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” Biden tweeted Tuesday. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”

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According to CNN, the Biden campaign at first refused to comment before issuing an apology on Twitter Tuesday night.

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden wrote. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”

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On Tuesday morning, Trump used the term on Twitter to describe impeachment proceedings being levied against him.

“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. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” the president tweeted.

Merriam - Webster - Dictionary - Lynch - Synonym

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, “lynch” is a synonym for “hang”:...
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