Biden Defends Calling Impeachment a Lynching in 1998

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Former Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Tuesday night after CNN reported he called the impeachment of President Bill Clinton a “partisan lynching” during an appearance on the network in 1998.

Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the ongoing impeachment process, Biden warned that “even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching.”

Watch his comments from 1998 below:


Biden issued a tweet later Tuesday, saying that he did not choose his words carefully in 1998, but said Trump “chose his words deliberately”:

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that. Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues racial divides in this country daily.”

Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump called House Democrats’ impeachment probe a lynching, drawing swift bipartisan criticism, as IJR has previously reported.

Biden denounced Trump’s tweet, calling it “abhorrent” and “despicable”:

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) also described the impeachment of Clinton as a “political lynching.”

Watch his comments below

Meeks told the Post his comments are different than Trump’s:

Yes, I said those words, but context matters. There is a difference when that word is used by someone of my experience and perspective, whose relatives were the targets of lynch mobs, compared to a president who has dog-whistled to white nationalists and peddled racism. This is the birther president, who called African nations s—holes and urban cities infested. Those he called ‘very fine people’ in Charlottesville were the kind of people who lynched those who looked like me. So, yes — there are certain words I am more at liberty to invoke than Donald J. Trump.”

The Washington Post reported that in 1998, at least five House Democrats referred to impeachment as a lynching, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The Post found that Nadler told the Associated Press in September of 1998 that Republicans were “running a lynch mob,” and detailed four other times Nadler referred to impeachment as a lynching.

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BurbankBaby
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BurbankBaby

Has anyone noticed that the only people peddling racism in these news bites are the people claiming that someone else is peddling racism? Like, there are words that you can only use if you’re not white?

Bob
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Biden looks like you and Sonny boy might be in chains or even lynched for what you have done as vice president you sneaky ass you

General Confusion
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“Who REALLY posted this comment? Must be someone with access to contusion’s keyboard.” banstan

Somebody who is not careful or observant.

Since IJR is broken, some comments/replies auto-fill with the wrong credentials, so nobody else can tell the difference after the comment/reply gets posted, except, as you noticed, by the content itself.

You could write Alex and complain, but he doesn’t care anymore.

Screwtape
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Let’s never forget that “lynching” is by definition non-Constitutional and extra-judicial. Clinton’s impeachment was anything but.

General Confusion
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These guys are hilarious, I can call it a lynching but by god the Republicans can not because its RACIST then. LOL….

James
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Why has it taken Gaffe-a-Minute Biden twenty one YEARS to apologize for using the common word “lynching” and DemocRAT a$$hole Nadler has yet to apologize? But, but, but – Trump . . . . Total load of political bias.

Charles Patterson
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I think it is total bullshit. It was very commonplace in the early west to have “lynchings” all of the time and more often than not, it was a white person taking his last ride on a horse. The “woe is me” generation is becoming more and more obtuse.

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