Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment ‘lynching’ in 1998

The American Mirror | 10/23/2019 | Staff
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Former vice president Joe Biden posted to Twitter Tuesday about President Trump’s characterization of the House impeachment investigation as a “lynching.”

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” Biden tweeted.

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

Senator Joe Biden discussing former president Bill Clinton’s impeachment with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer 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, in fact, met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense.”

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It took about two nanoseconds for folks to put the two together, forcing Biden to address the apparent hypocrisy and apologize. Of course, Biden’s “partisan lynching” reference was a simple slip of the tongue, while Trump is fanning the flames of a race war, he alleged.

“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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Trump faced a massive backlash from Democrats this week over a Twitter post that likened the secret impeachment proceedings ongoing in the House to a political lynching, a term most commonly tied to the hanging of black men in the south following the Civil War.

The NAACP’s “History of Lynchings” makes it clear many whites were also lynched between 1882 and 1968. At least seven states recorded numerous white executions but no black lynchings, according to the site.


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