It was the latest example of Trump's unpredictable and spontaneous impeachment reaction, which disturbed and hindered the Republicans who tried to defend him.
Republicans from Capitol Hill to the White House spent much of Tuesday answering questions about Trump's rhetoric. with answers ranging from mild criticism to clumsy justifications. Few have decided to fully accept the President's use of a term most associated with the barbaric execution of African-American men.
"Given the country's history, I would not compare it to lynching," said Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) Told reporters Tuesday. "That was an unfortunate choice of words."
The Democrats sharply criticized the President's comment and considered a vote by Parliament to condemn his speech.
Trump went on Twitter early Tuesday morning to publicly complain about how Democrats are carrying out their impeachment investigation, repeating familiar speeches before publicly speaking of "Lynch" as President for the first time.
"So one day when a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the house, they can accuse the president of a tiny margin without due process or fairness or legal rights," Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "All Republicans need to remember what they are experiencing here ̵
1; a lynching. But we will WIN!
While the President's tweet was a distraction from the substance of the impeachment trial, it did little to improve Trump's reputation, as he faces the greatest legal and political threat to his presidency so far.
As The Republicans were forced to answer questions about Trump's rhetoric. The democratically conducted impeachment investigation revealed a testimony from a State Department official who said under oath that he had used foreign aid for Ukraine to the President when investigating political opponents. Trump and his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani have previously denied this charge, which is the central topic of the impeachment investigation.
"It's a shameful story about whistleblowers, Mr. Giuliani, side channels, returns, corruption and electoral interference," said William B. Taylor, senior US diplomat in the Ukraine, in a Washington Post opening speech Tuesday President to be charged in the history. As several members of his government testified before the congress, Trump described the impeachment as a "coup", as a "witch hunt", as illegal and unconstitutional. At a rally earlier this month, he said it was "bullshit."
But Tuesday was the first time that Trump merged his willingness to fuel the nation's racial tensions with his bombastic news campaign against impeachment.
Lynching, the out-of-court murder of an untried suspect, usually by a mob and often by hanging, has a unique history in the United States as it is directly linked to slavery and racism. In the United States, more than 4,700 lynchings were recorded between 1882 and 1968, according to the NAACP. Of those murdered, almost three-quarters were black men, women, and children. Countless out-of-control slaves were lynched after their capture.
Trump's willingness to label his political situation a lynching revealed an "ignorance" of the story, said Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. "It's kind of a deliberate manipulation of this historic symbol of black vulnerability to score points," he said. "But he's ignorant enough not to understand that you just do not do that."
The White House attempted to defend Trump's rhetoric as race-independent.
"The President does not compare what happened to him One of our darkest moments in American history," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters Tuesday. "What he clearly explains is the way How he's been treated by the media since he announced for the president. "
Trump's allies have highlighted videos and news archives in which Democrats have described the GOP's impeachment of President Bill Clinton in similar language.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.), current chair of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Associated Press in 1998 that "Republicans have been lynching."
He also told the National Journal, " We should not I do not participate in a lynching against the president. Nor should we be considered die-hard defenders of the President if it is true that he has committed terrible crimes.
Then-Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) Was cited in the Baltimore Sun and compared the incident to a "political lynch mob."
"Find the rope, find the tree, and ask a few questions later "Repeats." Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY.) And Danny K. Davis (D-IL.) And then Rep. Charles B. Rangel (DN.Y.) made one each On the floor of the house, where he called the treatment of Clinton a "lynch mob" or a "lynch mob."
But Trump's recent comments are reminiscent of his long and racy history
He published a full-page advertisement in 1989 He called for the reinstatement of the death penalty following the arrest of Central Park, and fifteen Harlemi colored boys were accused of beating and raping a jogger, and even after DNA evidence had cleared the five more than a decade later, Trump refused. to accept that she did not shoot
After white nationalists came to Charlottesville in August 2017 and met with counter-protesters, one of whom was killed, Trump said there were "very good people on both sides."
In July, Trump published racist tweets calling on four minority congressmen – all US citizens – to "return" to their ancestral lands.
Similar to this incident, most Republicans have said little about Trump's "Lynch" commentary and dodged questions by telling them they had not seen the President's latest tweet.
But some of Trump's fiercest allies on Capitol Hill have defended the president.
"This is a lynch in every sense. This is un-American, "Senator Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) told reporters at the Capitol, calling the impeachment trial" a hoax "and a" joke. "
Graham later said that he referred to the term more in a political context rather than in a "racist" context.
Joe Biden, former vice president and current presidential candidate of 2020, is at the center of the impeachment investigation for allegations that Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate him and his son. also chanted: "Dismissal is not a lynching attack, but part of our constitution. Our country has a dark, shameful history of lynching, and it's disgusting to think about that comparison. It's despicable. However, Biden said during a 1998 CNN interview that if Republicans were not careful, Clinton's impeachment could be considered "partisan lynching."
Biden apologized for this late Tuesday commentary There were some Republicans who denounced Trump's statements, even though they were among those who had previously criticized the president.
"We can not agree with the process and set out my merits," MP Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Tweeted. "But we should never use terms like 'lynching' here. The painful scourge in our story has no comparison with politics, and @realDonaldTrump should immediately withdraw this. May God help us to return to a better way. "
Other Republicans favored a delicate line without approving the language, but to support the spirit of the language, the lynching is" not the language I would use "and then criticized Democrats. When asked why he would not use the term, he said, "I disagree with that language, quite simply."
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) Said he was considering the use of the word "Lynching" by the president is not racist, but a commentary on the "lack of due process."
The only black Republican in the Senate, Tim Scott (RS.C.), also offered a spirited response that no longer trumps
"There is no question that the impeachment process comes closest to a death row political trial, so I understand its absolute rejection of the trial," Scott told an NBC news reporter the word & # 39; lynching & # 39; do not use. "
Trump has publicly denounced that Republicans are not doing enough to stay united and to defend him from imminent impeachment.
Several Republican lawmakers, donors, and advisers have accused the White House for the lack of unity among the parties and decoding what they see as an undisciplined approach that lacks a coherent message.
Trump's unpredictable behavior, coupled with his preference for insulting minorities, has made it harder for Republicans to impeach Endeavoring to defend itself, said Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
"His use of this word, akin to lynching, is not part of a strategic approach, but an expression of a fight-pulse back with the arsonist language he used could raise, "said Riley.  On Friday, Trump is scheduled to visit Benedict College, a historic black school in South Carolina, for a year forum on criminal justice.
John Wagner, Mike DeBonis, JM Rieger and Elise Viebeck contributed to this report.