The man who golfs with Donald Trump, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and other Republican legislators finally hit the wall of no return. Led by the South Carolina senator, this GOP group stood up against 45 at last. It took the ex-president’s promise to pardon those who attacked the Capitol Building on January 6 to activate them.
Over 120 of the rioters pled guilty to arson, rioting, and other like charges. Over 70 of that number have been sentenced to prison. And on average, they each will spend 27 months jailed.
Graham spoke to The Hill and said any suggestion of pardoning that group of criminals was “a bad idea:”
‘Pardons are given to people who admit misconduct, rehabilitate themselves. They’re not supposed to be used for other purposes.’
The senator from South Carolina added:
‘It reinforces violence. The people who defiled the Capitol and took the law in their own hands deserve to be brought to justice.’
Then, there was another Trump acolyte, Kevin Cramer (R-ND). He was ironically concerned about “ethical” and “moral” sensibilities:
‘I don’t think potential candidates should hold pardons out as a promise. It’s somewhat problematic for me on a moral level and an ethical level — sort of like promising other giveaways to particular individuals.’
‘I don’t think potential candidates should hold pardons out as a promise. I prefer avoiding those kinds of things.’
Even Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) piled on, noting that the insurrectionists “need to be punished:”
‘If he were elected, he would have a constitutional ability to do it. I would disagree with it. I think there was insurrection and I think these folks need to be punished. I was there. This was truly violent. People were injured, people were killed. I have very little mercy for the individuals that were involved in that activity that day.’
Then the diehard Trumpist, GOP Senate White John Thune (SD), added that the rioters much be “held accountable:”
‘The only people that get pardoned are people who are charged with crimes. If they were charged with crimes, they ought to be prosecuted like everybody else. The rule of law applies. If people broke laws, they need to be held accountable.’
But not all of the Senators agreed with the Graham movement. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) sided with Trump. He was the guy who walked by the angry mob, raised a fist in solidarity, and then hightailed it away from the mob’s attack. This senator commented:
‘Let’s see which ones he would choose to do. There’s no question it has been a massive prosecutorial effort.’
Both Hawley and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had their own following during the Electoral College count. The Texas senator said:
‘I think that the folks who committed crimes, particularly violent crimes, on that day ought to be prosecuted. I think the question becomes, are there are people who’ve been caught up in this dragnet who, for instance, didn’t know that they were trespassing?
‘here absolutely is undeniably a double standard.’
Cruz opined that the Democrats were “fascists:”
‘This past week it got so bad that Joe Biden, bathed in red light, decreed that half the nation are fascists because they dare to disagree with his socialist policies. What DOJ is doing, targeting the political enemies of the White House, is corrupt and incredibly harmful.’
Hopefully, Cruz and Hawley placed their bets on the wrong president.
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