Donald Trump is once again using racist language, further confirming there are people who will rush to defend him — like Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives tried to excuse Trump’s “lynching” tweet Tuesday morning by comparing the prospects of impeaching the president to the sexual harassment allegations Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas faced during the judge’s confirmation hearing nearly 30 years ago.
Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that the world was witnessing “a lynching” when it came to the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against him.
During an appearance on “The View” later in the day, Gingrich was asked about Trump’s “lynching” tweet.
“Well, it’s exactly the same term that Clarence Thomas used when he said he was guilty of a white-collar lynching,” Gingrich said with a straight face.
(The truth is when he was questioned about sexual misconduct toward Anita Hill in 1991, Thomas replied, “It’s a high-tech lynching for uppity Blacks.”)
Back on “The View,” Gingrich was additionally asked if he actually believed that it was right for Thomas to say he was lynched, seeing as the judge is alive and wasn’t killed by a mob of racist white people.
“I think it was right then, sure,” Gingrich answered before suggesting that critics put themselves “in Trump’s shoes.”
Gingrich tried to prove his misinformed point by insisting white people were victims of lynchings, too.
“One of the largest lynchings of the 19th century was Italians,” he said in reference to the 1891 lynching in New Orleans, where 11 Italians were killed. Clearly, the number of African-Americans lynched outnumber whites.
Watch the ridiculousness below.
In case you missed it, Trump’s Twitter fingers were typing early Tuesday morning.
According to the NAACP, more than 4,700 lynchings occurred in the U.S. from 1882 to 1968. Of those who were lynched, more than 3,400 were Black, though not all lynchings that occurred were documented, the NAACP noted. Many of the White people who faced lynching were killed for helping Black Americans or for opposing lynchings.