Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appeared on this Sunday’s edition of Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, and while speaking with the host, he launched into a slew of angry talking points targeting “liberals,” Obamacare, social media companies, and more. Graham said, for instance, that he thinks that “we need to change the law” surrounding social media companies in the wake of controversial decisions by Twitter and Facebook to limit the spread of a recent New York Post story claiming to reveal contents from Hunter Biden’s laptop. What he and those who have clamored against the social media companies have failed to appropriately acknowledge is the real possibility that the New York Post story could have been laced with Russian disinformation.
‘What the hell’s going on? How can you block the dissemination of an article from the fourth largest circulation in the country? What was your basis? Why did you choose to stop an article about Hunter Biden’s alleged connections to China when you freely flowed information about the dossier and Russia and everything else when it came to Twitter. There is a belief by conservatives, some liberals and libertarians, that these social media platforms are way too powerful. If they libel you, there is no accountability for the social media platforms. And we need to change the law, in my view.’
To be clear: the contents of the infamous Steele dossier, cataloging salacious allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia, were not publicly released prior to the 2016 election. Thus, they did not carry the weight of potential foreign interference in U.S. elections. Also, it’s worth noting: during that same 2016 election cycle timeframe, media companies frequently freely shared information about emails that had been stolen from the Democrats. There was no systematic conspiracy to single out Trump dirt.
As for this new Biden situation, The New York Times reports that a Russian intelligence unit that helped target the Democratic Party in the 2016 election cycle was responsible for a recent hack targeting Burisma Holdings — a corruption-laced energy company that Hunter Biden worked with. U.S. intelligence analysts have reportedly been concerned that material from that hack could be released in October, alongside outright forgeries. Furthermore, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach has already been characterized by federal authorities as a Russian agent — and he has been working to spread dirt about the Bidens. Graham failed to appropriately factor these issues into his perspective, it seems. Instead, he tried to characterize social media companies as simply protecting liberals and unfairly targeting conservatives.
Meanwhile, during his time on the latest edition of Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, Graham also complained about the support that has poured in for his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison’s campaign. In the third quarter of 2020, Harrison raised a whopping $57 million — which is the highest single-quarter fundraising total for any U.S. Senate candidate, ever.
‘What’s happened in my state? Nothing really, other than I stood in the way of the destruction of Justice Kavanaugh by liberals. And I’ve been an ally of the president, which is an unpardonable sin in the liberal world. So every liberal is trying to take me out, and 100-something million dollars is coming from out of state.’
It’s not some kind of petty grievance that has driven the opposition to Graham. It’s the fact that he has stood by the president while Trump has trampled basic decency.