Everyone is disgusted by Trump calling himself a victim of 'lynching'

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Even Dictionary.com's Twitter account condemned Trump.

In an early-morning Twitter rant against the impeachment inquiry he faces, Donald Trump said he is the victim of a "lynching" — totally misusing a word, for which he was swiftly and roundly criticized.

"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, Republicans, and even Dictionary.com's Twitter account quickly condemned Trump for using a word that has distinct ties to the extrajudicial killings that white terrorist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan carried out against black Americans.

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke out against Trump's use of the word during an appearance on CNN.

"I'm a product of the South," Clyburn said. "I know the history of that word. That is a word that we ought to be very, very careful about using."

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), also a member of the CBC, was also aghast that Trump would use the word "lynching."

"You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING?" Rush tweeted. "What the hell is wrong with you? Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet."

Ron Christie, a one-time aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney, also condemned Trump's tweet.

"No @realDonaldTrump you are going through a political process," Christie tweeted. "A lynching occurs when a group of racists beat a black person and hang them from a tree. Killing said person. To compare what Ds seek to do vs. what racists did to kill and terrorize blacks in America is sick."

Even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, usually one of Trump's strongest defenders, was uncomfortable with Trump's use of the word "lynching."

"I don't agree with that language, pretty simple," McCarthy said at a House Republican news conference.

Trump's explosions about the impeachment inquiry he faces over his corrupt actions are only getting worse.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.