Lindsey Graham is not handling the fact that Republicans no longer have control of the House very well, and that can be seen in multiple instances on camera over the recent weeks. Graham has been having a mental breakdown of sorts, leading to snarky, hateful comments across the board.
Wednesday is no different, as Graham makes his way through the confirmation hearing for Bill Barr, President Trump’s pick for the next Attorney General of the United States.
Graham said this to NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson, complaining about the rating Republicans got from the organization:
“How much is about this administration, versus Mr. Barr? I disagree with your scorecard rating, that I’m not a racist and I certainly don’t know how to close this gap — I’d like to.”
Johnson explained that the NAACP is a nonpartisan organization comprised of people from all parties. Bragging about having the highest rating of all Republicans, Graham asked:
“How many of them are Republicans?”
“We don’t make partisan decisions, we make policy decisions, and it’s informed by members across the country. Some are Democrats, some are libertarians, some are Republicans.”
Graham, just not understanding how Republicans could possibly be seen as racist, said:
“Maybe the problem is on our side, I don’t think so. I think the agenda that you’re pursuing in the eyes of conservatives is not as good for the country as you think it is. It’s got nothing to do about Republican and Democrat, it has to do with liberal and conservative.”
That’s when Johnson gave Graham a harsh dose of the truth:
“I think the members of the Republican Party should ask yourselves. are you willing to be expansive enough and inclusive for the rights of individuals — despite their racial background, their interests are met, not based on conservative or liberal tendencies but based on those individuals’ needs and interests.”
President of the National Urban League Marc Morial tried to explain the issue to a dense Graham, obviously blinded by the white, but Graham wasn’t trying to understand. Instead, he demanded to know the name of one Republican the organization would support.
“To expect Trump to win and everything Obama did to stay the same is unrealistic. Let’s look at the qualifications because a Democrat will win one day, they will nominate somebody with the completely different policy view than I have. it will be a very simple decision — if I can find a difference, I’ll vote no. The question I’m trying to ask the country is, do you expect quality people to be chosen by the other side who have differences with you? If the answer is yes, then Mr. Barr is as good as it will get.”
Morial then told Graham that the consensus was that Graham would receive the nomination from Trump, and that he would think about backing him if that were the case, which inflated Graham’s ego:
“Well, I appreciate — I’m not nearly as qualified as Mr. Barr. I don’t think I could hold a candle to him, but the fact you said that, I appreciate that and let’s see if we can find a way to get above 22 percent.”