What’s The Matter With The US GOP Senator Lindsey Graham From South Carolina?

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham at the casket of John McCain as it lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday. (Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Dear Resistance Readers, please take time after the Labor Day weekend to contact the republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to inform him that his turncoat stance against everything his late friend Senator John McCain represented, has been noticed.

Don’t let Senator Graham think for one moment that his kowtowing to the man in the White House, the antitheses of everything his friend Senator McCain stood for, is acceptable from a supposed GOP leader. This is the president who ridiculed Senator McCain for his years as a Vietnam POW.

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LINDSEY GRAHAM

Frankly, I hope that the FBI is investigating Senator Lindsey with regards to Russia because that is the only plausible explanation for his betrayal of his BFF. Any other reasoning is simply, a disgrace to his position and his character. In the past, Senator Graham has admitted that his emails were hacked by Russia.

From Heaven, Senator McCain is asking of Senator Graham, “Et tuBrute?”

Sen. Graham’s Washington D.C. Office 

290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-3808
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On August 31, 2018, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post penned the following op-ed piece, “Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham”

Excerpts:

“We lost 2 mavericks within a week.”

“On Saturday (8/25/18), we lost the legendary John McCain.”

“On Tuesday (8/27/18), we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.”

“Graham remains alive and well, but after serving for two decades as Robin to McCain’s Batman, Graham buried whatever remained of his own reputation for iconoclasm even before his partner’s funeral.”

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“On Tuesday, Graham took a seat on the couch of “Fox & Friends,” President Trump’s favorite show, and sealed his transition from apostate to Trump apparatchik.”

“Word of caution to the public,” he said. “A lot of people try to convict President Trump. Don’t be so fast. I have seen no evidence of collusion after two years.” Having echoed Trump’s no-collusion line (as if that were the lone issue), Graham, a former military lawyer, picked up Trump’s attack on the justice system: “Plenty of corruption at the Department of Justice and the FBI. Should be stunning. Not one Democrat seems to care.”

“From there, the South Carolina Republican echoed all of Trump’s attacks against the Russia investigation: “They had a bias against Trump for [Hillary] Clinton . . . They gave a politically corrupt document to get a warrant . . . Christopher Steele was on the payroll of the Democratic Party.” He parroted Trump’s line that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help Clinton, not Trump: “Russia was involved in our election . . . in terms of developing this dossier.”

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“Incredibly, Graham even joined the “lock her up” movement. “No American would get the same treatment she did. If you were charged or suspected of this kind of misconduct, you would be in jail now.”

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, could not have said it better.’

“This came after Graham abandoned his previous support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump wants to fire as a likely precursor to ending special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation. A year ago, Graham declared himself “100 percent behind Jeff Sessions” and vowed “holy hell” if Sessions was fired.”

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“But now, Graham says “we need an attorney general that can work with the president.” This week, he even alleged on CBS News that Sessions “blindsided” Trump with “zero-tolerance” family separations — as though that policy wasn’t a Trump signature.”

“Graham previously described Trump as a “jackass” and “unfit for office.” He began his pivot after the election, but intensified his embrace of Trump as illness kept McCain from Washington. “If you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don’t give a shit,” he said on CNN in June. This week, he demurred on renaming a Senate building for his friend, and though displeased by Trump’s posthumous insults of McCain, he said it is the president’s right “to feel any way he’d like.”

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“No longer protected by McCain, he seems to have lost that famous McCain courage. It is difficult to avoid the impression that, since McCain’s illness, he has found a new patron. “I never did anything politically of consequence without John,” Graham acknowledged this  week. “I mean all of the big stuff, campaign finance, climate change, Iraq, you name it. I was by John’s side. I was his wingman.”

Yet, now, he is serving as wingman to a president who takes the opposite view on each of those issues.

“McCain’s years as a prisoner of war gave him a righteousness perhaps nobody can match. He never forgot that political opponents are not his enemies, and that there are things more important than winning elections. But perhaps Graham could show a little backbone? When CNN’s Dana Bash asked him to name new “wingmen or women,” Graham mentioned Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — the fierce partisan who blew up Graham’s immigration deal, was patently dishonest about Trump’s “shithole countries” meeting and was dubbed the “Steve King of the Senate” by Graham for his anti-immigrant views, in reference to the ultra-conservative Iowa representative.

“Graham’s rationale for courting Trump? “ To be relevant.” But on the main policy Graham sought to influence — immigration — he got nothing. I asked Graham’s office for presidential actions attributable to Graham’s influence. The response listed items — Supreme Court appointments, the fight against Islamic State and increased defense spending — that were all Trump priorities independent of Graham.”

“What happened to cause-greater-than-self?”

“I believe there is a little John McCain in all of us,” Graham said in his touching eulogy on the Senate floor. I saw a lot of McCain in the Graham I met on the Straight Talk Express two decades ago. I saw it again earlier this year when Graham lamented Trump’s sudden shift that killed the immigration compromise. “I don’t know where that guy went,” Graham said of the Trump who, briefly, offered to compromise. “I want him back.”

“I don’t know where that Graham went. I want him back.”

11 comments

  1. Dear Gronda, the President of the USA is now not coming to Australia, (whew, thanks for that). Also, on American news media, (MSNBC) two persons referenced “Pine cones” firstly by one, with the response by the other being “Swedish Cod”. One wonders what such cryptic banter means, unless one is aware of the intelligence gathering, satellite tracking, ‘object’ tracking and global network of vacuuming intel from the globe that happens at Pine Gap and at a site in Sweden (and others). The more that deranged person in the WH rails against the DOJ, and FBI, those very institutions will carry out their work with greater vigour and attention to detail and protocol so as to not ruin their own efforts. The systems set up by the USA get (everything), however, in order to play the game, one must hold cards close to chest. Mr Meuller knows enough already, but there is much more. The swamp will indeed be drained, and the clown in the WH will go down in infamy. This is one big wake up call for America, a time to reset and rethink, otherwise, America is the tower of Babel. Hugs mate.

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    • Dear Gary J,

      The key to what happens in the future lays with the results of November 2018 elections. If as is widely expected, that if the democrats win enough seats in the House of Representatives (the lower house), nothing can’t be fixed. For example, if the President fires Mr. Mueller, the house committees can simply set up a Trump-Russia investigative commission with the same Mr. Mueller at the helm.

      The president’s tax returns can be subpoenaed which will hasten his doom.

      In addition, you can bet that the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller III who is in charge of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe has set up a system where others will take over.

      Frankly, President Trump is well aware of this but he’s made the mistake of believing a lot of his own hype. He doesn’t get that while his base is loyal beyond measure, they are still a minority. He’s already threatening that there will be violence and that the US stock market will tank, if the democrats win the majority of House seats in November.

      We can’t count our chickens yet and of course, we can’t take these favorable headwinds for granted. But, if the democrats prevail in November, President Trump and his cronies can flail and yell all they want but they’re toast.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. I definitely noticed Graham’s hypocrisy. I wonder if he is not vying to be the replacement for Sessions. And wouldn’t trump love it…just to feel he got the last jab in, after all, in getting McCains so-called friend to turn.
    I have no respect for Graham at all.

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    • Dear Mary Plumbago,

      I used to think well of Senator Lindsey Graham but I no longer do. There is a special class of politician who would sell out a treasure of a friend like Senator McCain, but the words I would use are unprintable. Let’s settle for him being a perfect jackass.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Gronda, we have wondered this question for some time. McCain would kick Graham in the fanny if he could. It is one thing to be respectful of needing a relationship, but Graham flips back and forth between a conscience and sycophancy. I would prefer a more solid position saying Mr. President, when you say these things or do these things it is a disservice to your efforts and our country. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      With Senator McCain’s temper, I can see him chasing Senator Graham down some hallway saying more than a few blessed words.

      Sen. Graham knows this and this is why his behavior is such a shock. He knows in his heart of hearts that he is acting counter to everything Senator McCain stood for like standing up to the “rule of law.”

      By the way he was the one who invited Ivanka and Jared to the funeral after getting Mrs. McCain’s approval.

      I did notice that he read out loud a short scripture along the lines, “there is no greater thing that a man does for his friend…”

      Hugs, Gronda

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This will never be forgotten or forgiven …. ‘Dear Resistance Readers, please take time after the Labor Day weekend to contact the republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to inform him that his turncoat stance against everything his late friend Senator John McCain represented, has been noticed.’

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