This Wednesday, as the United States reeled from crises like the Coronavirus pandemic and rampant police brutality against peaceful protesters, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) held a hearing about the Russia investigation. The hearing was launched amidst melodramatic Republican outrage about the origins of that investigation, which they baselessly allege should be considered entirely dubious in light of issues on a surveillance application targeting a one-time Trump adviser, Carter Page. Notably, at the hearing, former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein insisted that political bias did not, in his view, actually affect the overall course of the Russia investigation — but that substance was at least briefly overshadowed by the revelation that Graham had dyed his hair a Trump-like color.
Rod Rosenstein contradicts Trump's line on the Russia probe: "I'm fairly confident that political bias did not enter into that investigation." pic.twitter.com/G3peyLtC5S
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 3, 2020
Longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who helps run the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, commented:
‘OH MY GOD. Lindsay dyed his hair to look like Trump. CANNOT UNSEE.’
OH MY GOD. Lindsay dyed his hair to look like Trump.
CANNOT UNSEE. pic.twitter.com/M1g7a4wEiY
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 3, 2020
Graham, notably, began his public responses to Trump way back towards the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign by fiercely criticizing the then-candidate. Graham, like many other Republicans who originally feigned outrage at the eventual president’s behavior, eventually completely changed his perspective and now supports Trump wholeheartedly. Since the procedural investigation issues that Graham focused his Wednesday hearing on have no bearing on either the legitimacy of the overall Russia investigation or the lives of millions of everyday Americans, Graham is basically just running political errands for Trump at this point.
At one point during the hearing, he said:
‘We’re going to look backward so that we can move forward. We’re going to hold people accountable. If you don’t like Trump, fine. But this is not about liking Trump or not liking Trump. This is about us as a nation.’
Sen. @LindseyGrahamSC: "We're going to look backward so that we can move forward. We're going to hold people accountable. If you don't like Trump, fine. But this is not about liking Trump or not liking Trump. This is about us as a nation."
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 3, 2020
No it’s not. This entire debacle is about Trump’s allies in Congress seeking some kind of punitive retribution against the federal authorities who dared to respond to the overwhelming evidence via launching the Russia investigation. There’s no evidence questioning that investigation’s foundation.
Trump demands journalists correct stories on the use of tear gas. According to the CDC, it was tear gas. https://t.co/VY8KEGs8b4
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 3, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Graham and his hair change below: