The president, on Tuesday, compared the ongoing impeachment inquiry into him to a “lynching.”
“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,” Trump tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Trump has increased his calls for Republicans to defend him against the impeachment inquiry taking place in the House in recent days. He has complained that the process is “illegitimate” and a witch hunt.
His comparison of a political process laid out in the Constitution to one that was commonly used to carry out the murder of African Americans is likely to draw swift backlash, particularly given Trump’s history of racially charged statements.
Democrats are looking into allegations that Trump abused his office by pressuring a foreign government to investigate his domestic political rival. They are focused on a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump urged Zelensky to “look into” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over their dealings in Ukraine.
The president has lashed out against those leading the impeachment inquiry, particularly House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and insisted he did nothing wrong.
Republicans have complained about the lack of transparency surrounding the inquiry, saying that the witnesses have testified in closed-door settings without full transcripts being released.
Some in the GOP have suggested that Democrats must hold a vote to set parameters of their investigation.
Trump was asked Monday if he felt it was a foregone conclusion that Democrats will impeach him, and seemed to suggest he thought that might be the case.
“I think they want to,” he said. “Any Democrat wants to because they’re not gong to beat me in the election. So of course they want to impeach.”
Trump called the investigation into him “illegitimate.”
“It cannot be the way our founders, our great founders, meant this to be,” he said.
During an interview broadcast Monday night with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Trump suggested his predecessor, President Obama, also could have been impeached for various political scandals.