Lindsey Graham. The man South Carolina voters duly reelect while the rest of the nation wonders how he still has a job. Let’s take a trip to 1999, when Graham, then a 43-year-old member of the House with just six years’ experience in sowing division, took the floor to wax poetic about what impeachment is and when it applies.
The 1999 version of Lindsey Graham sought to take down a Democrat, President Bill Clinton; now that Donald Trump is in office, Graham’s hypocrisy has been ramped up far beyond threat level midnight. The senator’s spine has been the consistency of cream-based soup ever since he got on the Trump Train.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM: So the point I’m trying to make is (this): You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic, if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role. […]
… because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.
1999’s Lindsey Graham also had strong opinions on what constitutes a crime, according to an appearance on Meet the Press.
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM: He (Clinton) doesn’t have to say, “Go lie for me,” (for it) to be a crime. You don’t have to say, “Let’s obstruct justice” for it to be a crime. You judge people on their conduct, not magic phrases.
If we are judging Donald Trump on his conduct then Graham must surely want to “cleanse” the Oval Office, right!?
Unfortunately, when it comes to Trump’s hardcore converts that used to be critics, the Graham is a textbook unapologetic hypocrite.
Thus, on Wednesday he taunted the House and boldly stated that the movement to impeach is just fueled by hatred for Trump.
He’s wrong, and it’s clear that he will never, ever place country over party—even when that party has become the party of Trump.