This is the case of dueling opposing descriptions by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the republican President Donald J. Trump’s fitness in office. It is also the perfect example of the typical politician speaking out of two sides of his mouth.
What a difference a year makes.
I have been voicing my opinion that too many republican legislators like the senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham have been using the republican president who is not of sound mind as a Trojan horse, so that they can pass their 2017 Donor Relief Act, also called the republican tax cut bill, as well as addressing their other favored agendas.
So what if Senator Graham, known as a staunch defender of US national security is placing this laudable oversight responsibility at risk by backing / supporting a mad man in the White House?
I and most Americans certainly don’t feel safer with President Trump ensconced in the White House.
This about face resembles their past stance on the US deficit. As republican US senators passed a tax cut bill out of the US Senate on December 1, 2017, by which the most optimistic economic analysis shows that they have been willing to add a minimum of $1 trillion dollars to the US deficit to a $20 trillion 2017 US debt level, which is predicted by credible economists to balloon to $30 trillion dollars in 2027. This is the republicans’ wet kiss to their donor class folks.
In the future, the republicans have lost any right to claim that it is the party of fiscal responsibility with an eye towards seriously addressing the issue of the high US deficit.
Here is the rest of the story…
On November 30, 2017, Aaron Rupar of Think Progress penned the following report, “One short video illustrating Lindsey Graham’s stunning hypocrisy on Trump.”
“During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was asked if he’s concerned about recent reports that President Trump has been privately questioning whether a recording of him bragging about groping women is legitimate and that he remains interested in racist conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate.”
“Graham tried to turn the tables and attacked the media for reporting about those issues in the first place.”
“You know what concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president,” Graham said.”
“The notion that Trump is “some kind of kook not fit to be president” isn’t merely a media creation, however. Graham himself used those exact same words to criticize Trump during a Fox News interview in February 2016, back when he was supporting Jeb Bush.”
“I’m not gonna try to get into the mind of Donald Trump, because I don’t think there’s a whole lot of space there,” Graham said back then. “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”
“The juxtaposition between what Graham said then and what he said on Thursday (11/30/17) was highlighted in a video compiled by Deadspin editor Timothy Burke, who characterized it as representative of “Republicans’ mind-blowing hypocrisy in their attempt to attack the media.”
“While Graham wasn’t interested in criticizing Trump’s renewed interest in birtherism or the legitimacy of the so-called “Access Hollywood tape” on Thursday, he did criticize Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British account the day before.”
“I want to help him every way I can to defend the country, cut taxes, build up our infra-structure and do something to replace Obamacare,” Graham said. “(In) the end, the only way I can be helpful to the president is to be honest and honestly, Mr. President, embracing this website was a step backward not forward.