Lindsey Graham Threatens The Impeachment Of Kamala Harris

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), an ardent supporter of ex-President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox News Sunday over the weekend for what seemed like an attempted victory lap after Trump’s acquittal by the Senate on a charge of incitement of insurrection. Although 57 Senators voted in favor of conviction, a full 67 votes are needed to actually enact the move. The impeachment charge that drove the proceedings originally emerged after a Trump-inspired mob stormed the Capitol building and put many people’s lives in danger in an attempt to forcibly stop the Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory — but Graham was hardly concerned about Trump’s obvious role in the violence.

On Fox, Graham said that Trump bears no responsibility for the Capitol rioting, although he did admit that the former president’s behavior was “over the top” in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Trump delusionally claimed that the election was rigged for Biden, and the rioters at the Capitol operated under this exact pretense — but Graham wasn’t moved from his conviction that Trump is innocent. On the day of the rioting, members of a crowd in D.C. to whom Trump eventually personally spoke shouted “Storm the Capitol!” and “invade the Capitol building” — but again, Graham was unfazed. Is there anything at all that would get Graham to admit Trump’s guilt?

On Fox, Graham also said that he spoke to Trump after the acquittal vote in the Senate, and the Senator characterized the ex-president as ready to campaign on behalf of Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. At present, Democrats control both chambers of Congress, but margins are slim — in the Senate, if Democrats lose one seat from their overall total, then control reverts to Republicans. Thankfully, Senate Republicans in the generally close states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania aren’t running for re-election, opening up opportunities for Democratic pick-ups. Pennsylvania’s other Senator is already a Democrat, and the current governor of North Carolina is a Democrat, meaning that the party clearly has statewide viability.

Graham suggested that Vice President Kamala Harris could get impeached if Republicans regain control of the House in 2022 — but it’s worth noting that an article of impeachment against President Joe Biden that was already filed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) currently has zero co-sponsors. Either way, threateningly raising the prospect of impeaching Harris is ridiculous.

Republicans have claimed that Harris supported violent rioters last year, but this claim grossly misrepresents the facts. Harris actually posted support for an organization called the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides cash bail support to Minnesota residents. Most people who were arrested in the Minneapolis area in connection to protests around the time of Harris’s post didn’t even require bail money, and over one in four never even faced charges, suggesting that they themselves were victims of police overreach. Harris did not somehow single out violent rioters for support. For starters, cash bail requirements disproportionately impact lower income people, forcing them to stay in jail for longer, and supporting a measure of criminal justice reform doesn’t equal supporting criminals!