1998 Flashback: Democratic Lawmakers, Including Biden, Called Clinton Impeachment a ‘Lynching’

CNS News | 10/23/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – President Trump’s use of the word “lynching” in a tweet complaining about the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry set off a firestorm of racism allegations on Tuesday, even though the term is frequently used figuratively – including by Democrats – to describe a political process thought to be egregiously unfair.

From 2020 presidential hopefuls Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Nihad Awad, critics slammed Trump.

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Bass accused him of lobbing “the red meat of racial rhetoric” while Awad of CAIR said the comment displayed the president’s “racist, white supremacist mindset.”

“Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent,” tweeted Biden. “It’s despicable.”

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Then a video emerged in which Biden used precisely the same term in 1998 in relation to the then-looming impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

“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,” the then Delaware senator told CNN.

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Biden overnight apologized for having used the word in 1998, but suggested that Trump was driven by darker motivations than he had been 21 years ago.

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden tweeted. “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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In December 1998, the House of Representatives in a 228-206 vote agreed that Clinton had lied under oath before a federal grand about his relationship with former White House intern,...
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