After calling out President Donald Trump for using racist language and then getting called out in return, former Vice President Joe Biden has apologized his own use of the word “lynching” in 1998 to describe the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton, saying that while it “wasn’t the right word to use” at the time, Trump’s use of the same phrase is worse…somehow.
After Trump claimed that Democrats’ impeachment inquiry over his phone call with the president of the Ukraine was tantamount to a “lynching,” Biden responded by slamming the president for using such a racially charged term, calling it “abhorrent" and "despicable."
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
"Impeachment is not 'lynching,' it is part of our Constitution," the former vice president said in a tweet on Tuesday. "Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It's despicable."
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
There’s just one problem: Biden himself used that same exact tern to describe impeachment himself 20 years ago.
In a 1998 appearance on CNN, Biden called impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton a "partisan lynching."
"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," Biden said at the time.
While Biden has called Trump’s lynching comments “abhorrent” and “despicable,” in 1998 appearance on CNN, Biden said impeachment could end up being viewed as a “partisan lynching.” https://t.co/4jGo8hSQSZhttps://t.co/6p210g7M6l pic.twitter.com/UkJiXLsHOG— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) October 22, 2019
After being called out for his hypocrisy, Biden admitted he probably shouldn’t have used the term himself, but added that Trump’s use of it was somehow more malicious because...well, orange man bad.
"This wasn't the right word to use and I'm sorry about that," Biden said. "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."
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 to stoke racial divides in this country daily. https://t.co/mHfFC8HluZ— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2019
Of course, it's not clear in any way how Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe Democrats' impeachment attempt today is any different than Biden's use of it 20 years ago.
Except, of course, that Biden is a Democrat.