CNN commentator Keith Boykin compared Republican lawmakers that crashed the secretive impeachment inquiry hearing earlier this week to Ku Klux Klan members who were trying to lynch a black man.
Boykin made the highly hyperbolic and ridiculous comments while appearing on The Lead with Jake Tapper on Thursday.
The remarks came in response to CNN pundit S.E. Cupp comparing the congressmen to fraternity brothers crashing a party.
“Matt Gaetz is basically the Will Ferrell [in Old School] of the party — ‘I’m goin’ streaking! Who’s with me?” Cupp said “These are fraternity stunts…They look like fraternity brothers crashing a party that by the way, many of them were invited to!” Cupp said.
“I’ll go further than S.E. would go,” Boykin replied.
“This looked like a Klan group assembled outside a jail trying to get the sheriff to let them in so they could deliver justice to somebody who was inside. It’s not a good look for our democracy or the Republican Party. Republicans are already on these committees that are in this impeachment investigation… That’s a quarter of the entire Republican caucus already represented, and they’re creating these political stunts in order to throw off the attention. They’re not focused on the issue of why Trump is being impeached.”
CNN's Keith Boykin on Republicans who stormed SCIF: "This looked like a Klan group that is assembled outside of a jail trying to get the sheriff to let them in so they could deliver their own justice…"
After Tapper pushes back, Boykin doubles down, "I used it purposefully." pic.twitter.com/WWibJlrtft
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While Tapper attempted to say that the comments were a bit harsh and pointed out that there was an entire media cycle this week attacking President Donald Trump for using the word “lynching” to refer to the witch hunt against him and those close to him.
“Respectfully, I think the Klan metaphor was a little strong. I don’t want to get into a whole thing, but earlier this week we were talking about lynching and using that word lightly,” Tapper said.
Boykin was unapologetic about his claims.
“I used it purposefully, because it’s a visual problem, too, to have this group of almost all white men going in – in defense of the white man who already is, I think, by most accounts a racist, instead of dealing with this person who is abusing his power as president of the United States,” Boykin said.
“I just wanted to register and we can move along,” Tapper said, not bothering to refute the hysteria.