When Trump used another metaphor besides witch-hunt to describe the Democrats’ attempt at a bloodless coup, they freaked out over his word choice. Why did nobody freak out when Dems said the same thing?
Remember the script the New York Times editorial staff has promised to frame every story between now and 2020 in, and this will make a whole lot of sense. It’s right out of their playbook, and they ARE all playing on the same team, aren’t they?
Trump kicked another hornets’ nest by invoking a NEW metaphor besides witch-hunt to the National Conversation.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
(Remember our lightning-rod theory about Trump intentionally controlling what the press is talking about, this may fit.)
There were two ways to understand this phrase. It could be the conventional use of a metaphor describing a mob mentality with zero interest in due process skipping straight to the sentencing phase. The other way was the one for which they (predictably) beelined.
It took all of a New York Minute for the pile-on to begin.
Impeachment is not "lynching," it is part of our Constitution. Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It's despicable. https://t.co/QcC25vhNeb
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 22, 2019
And about as long for it to backfire:
I mean… it's not like Joe Biden called the Clinton impeachment a "lynching" in 1998… oh wait, he did.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) October 22, 2019
Someone should tell Joe Biden!pic.twitter.com/VQbyfEw6Gg
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) October 22, 2019
A ‘partisan lynching’. Where would Joe have picked up language like that? Oh right… in criticism of the draconian way he and others railroaded a man who, despite Biden’s best efforts, went on to become a Justice of the Supreme Court.
“This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”
Source: The Federalist
Oh, and by the way, Biden wasn’t the only one throwing this phrase around.
At least five House Democrats talked about a “lynching” or “lynch mob” as pertaining to Clinton, according to a Fix review.
“The highest officeholder should think about these words. The rural south where I was born has a tarnished and painful history,” Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) tweeted Tuesday.
“I don’t expect Trump to be sensitive to the weight of that word, or see how insulting and hurtful it is to invoke it here,” Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) tweeted Tuesday.
In 1998, however, both Davis and Meeks called the Clinton impeachment proceedings a “lynching” on the House floor the day before the president was impeached. Then-Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) described what he called a “lynch mob mentality, that says this man has to go” during a floor speech the same day. — Source: WaPo
What about Nadler, who heads up one of the committees leading the Witch-hunt (or, as Trump and the Democrats have called such things, Lynch-mob)?
On three occasions in 1998, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who now chairs the committee that would consider articles of impeachment against Trump, called the impeachment process against Clinton a “lynch mob.”
“We shouldn’t participate in a lynch mob against the president,” Nadler told Newsday on Sept. 13, 1998.
Five days later, Nadler said he saw “no evidence that the Republicans want to do anything other than organize a lynch mob,” according to the South China Morning Post.
And on Oct. 4, 1998, Nadler told the Associated Press that Republicans were “running a lynch mob” against Clinton.
When Republicans do it, it’s proof of evil intent. When the Democrats do it, it comes from a ‘good place’ and they are just being misunderstood.
We’ve been down this road before. Many, many times. It’s why we no longer believe the press.
SUPERCUT: Democrats are super consistent on the topic of using the word “lynching” in reference to an impeachment pic.twitter.com/qT0QHAUwpf
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 23, 2019
Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott compared Clinton’s Impeachment n 1998 to #Lynching:
“We're taking a step down the road to becoming a political Lynch Mob… We are going to find a rope find a tree and ask a bunch of questions later..”
I heard clapping not outrage.. pic.twitter.com/CxUjtv3gMF
— ALX 🇺🇸 🎃 (@alx) October 22, 2019
Wait a minute. This one provides some interesting context: when he calls it a lynching, it’s because, in his analogy, an angry mob is rushing to condemn a man who hasn’t had the benefit of due process?
Doesn’t that *perfectly* describe what we’ve been seeing Democrats doing with Trump since at least his inauguration, and most likely long, LONG before that?
Compare Biden and the other Democrats’ perpetual moral indignation to their own words in a similar context?
What about when, back in 1992, Joe was so excited about his crime bill he joked that it was so tough that it would “do everything but hang people for jaywalking.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in 1992 that his crime bill would do everything but hang people for jaywalking pic.twitter.com/a7N0PgUjij
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 20, 2019
Was Biden just using a harmless metaphor? Or was it, to borrow an antiquated phrase, ‘a hanging offence’, so to speak?
And if CNN wants to level their guns at Trump over this … let them know it’s a circular firing squad, since they, too. used this term when it suited them.
And another… Let’s get the outrage tracks playing guys. Unless, you’re full of crap of course. https://t.co/ZryR80pSx0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 22, 2019