Donald Trump's 'Lynching' Comment And Racism Make Him No Better Than The Nazis, KKK, Says Congressman: 'We Must Move On To Impeach'

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green delivered a scathing speech on Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump over his description of the ongoing impeachment inquiry as "a lynching."

Accusing Trump of weaponizing "racism and bigotry," Green suggested that the president's comparison of the impeachment process to "a lynching," a deadly act that has seen thousands of African Americans targeted in racist mob killings, made the U.S. leader "no better" than the Nazis or members of the Ku Klux Klan.

"I rise today with a heavy heart and tears welling in my eyes, I rise. I rise because how dare the president compare lynching to impeachment," Green said in his impassioned speech from the House floor.

"How dare he do this? Does he not know the history of lynching in this country? Does he not know that thousands of African-Americans were lynched?" he asked. "Does he not know this is the equivalent of murder? How dare the president compare Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution, a lawful constitutional process, to mob violence and lynching?"

"Mr. President, do you not understand the history that you are encroaching upon? If you continue to weaponize racism and bigotry, this makes you no better than those who were screaming 'Blood and soil, Jews will not replace us.' It makes you no better than them," he said. "It makes you no better than those who burn crosses, it makes you no better than those who wear hoods and white robes."

"Do you not understand what you're doing to this country?" the Texas Democrat asked. "And, more importantly, do we, the members of this Congress, not understand how he is denigrating... decency in this country?"

"At some point, we must say enough is enough. At some point, we must move on to impeach," Green said.

The representative's speech came after Trump sparked outrage across the country with a tweet railing against the impeachment inquiry on Twitter and demanding that all Republicans "remember what they are witnessing here—a lynching."

The U.S. leader's comment was met by a wave of condemnation, with some Republican lawmakers joining Democrats in rebuking the president on the comparison.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune told The Hill it was "inappropriate" for Trump to compare the House impeachment inquiry to lynching, asserting that his comments were "not appropriate in any context."

Meanwhile, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told the outlet that he did not "agree with that language."

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President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington,D.C. The U.S. leader sparked outrage with his comments comparing the impeachment inquiry to lynching. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty