Lindsey Graham is sort of a loose cannon. He’s thrown multiple public tantrums, making for some very interesting internet memes, and after the Kavanaugh hearings, America knew exactly where the alleged devout Christian stands when it comes to abuse of women. We saw his outrage at the very investigation that led to the Kavanaugh hearings, which told us everything we needed to know about his fight for justice.
He’s appeared on television many times since the hearings, equally angry over all the winning Republicans are doing since Democrats took over the House. Like the president, Graham has hopped off his moral pedestal on numerous occasions, and one example is this Sunday morning interview via satellite.
The interview started off normal enough, but Graham’s aggression can be heard in his voice as he expresses his immense contempt for Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Graham how Republicans could avoid something like the Kavanaugh hearings from happening again if Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to step down from her position on the Supreme Court.
“Here’s what will happen if there’s a vacancy — there will be a lot of pushback from the left. But my Democrat colleagues felt, when they were in charge, we should confirm judges by a majority vote. They changed the rules to accommodate President Obama, they tried to stack the court, they never thought Hillary would lose.”
Graham continued his rant by saying that Democrats would rue the day they decided to change the rules:
“I will urge the president to nominate a qualified conservative. Hopefully that person will get through and I expect it to be along party lines. And this is what happens when you change the rules. This is come back to bite ’em, I predicted it would and we’ll see. I’m going to be hellbent to replace [with] a conservative whoever steps down for whatever reason.”
Wallace then said something that set Graham off. He said that nominating a Republican to fill the iconic Ginsburg’s liberal seat would:
“..make the Kavanaugh hearings look like a tea party.”
Graham was immediately outraged. He clapped back:
“They should have thought of that before they changed the rules. They tried to destroy conservative judges, I voted for [Sonia Sotomayor] and [Elena Kagan] understanding what I was getting. I am dead set on making sure it’s a conservative nominee. Elections have consequences. The rules of the Senate were changed, not by me! By them! And [Republicans] had to [change the rules] on the Supreme Court because they would not give us anybody and Kavanaugh was a fine man. They tried to destroy him.”
Wallace then tried to close out the interview respectfully, when Graham interrupted, saying:
“We don’t need one Democrat to replace a liberal justice and the reason that’s the case is because what Harry Reid did.”
Wallace, obviously out of time, responded:
“Always good to speak with you, sir.”
That’s when Graham stared into the camera with a blank expression, saying nothing. He then reached for his mic as Wallace awkwardly continued:
“I guess you think it was okay to speak with us.”