White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley clarified what President Trump meant by “lynching” a few moments ago during an interview with Fox News:

Gidley also met with reporters in a press gaggle in front of the White House:

This clarification from the White House fits with what other senators are saying, including Sen. Tim Scott, the lone black Republican:

This tweet doesn’t feel like a coincidence:

But the White House does prefer Sen. Lindsey Graham’s defense:

Which he “doubled down” on with reporters:

But don’t expect Dems to give up anytime soon: