Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), once a fierce opponent to Donald Trump’s candidacy for president, has evolved into one of the Trump’s most loyal peons.
“You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell,” Graham said of candidate Trump in 2015.
Graham was no fan of Trump before the election.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
But on Friday, Graham encouraged Trump to declare a national emergency in order to construct a wall along the southern border – an “emergency” that does not really exist.
Declare a national emergency NOW.
Build a wall NOW.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 11, 2019
Chris Evans, aka Captain America, has seen enough.
On Saturday, the chiseled actor tore into Graham on Twitter, likening Trump’s buddy to Waylon Smithers, the closeted gay assistant to the villainous Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.
On the show, Smithers’ perpetual loyalty to Burns, which Evans compared to a suckerfish, is topped only by Smithers’ deep, aching love for the 104-year-old billionaire.
“Hey Smithers, remember when you said this: ‘You know how you make America great again, tell Donald Trump to go to hell.’ What do they have on you?” Evans wrote. “I can’t tell if this shameful 180 is born of fear or thirst. Either way, we will always remember you as nothing more than remora.”
Hey Smithers, remember when you said this:
‘You know how you make America great again, tell Donald Trump to go to hell.’
What do they have on you? I can’t tell if this shameful 180 is born of fear or thirst. Either way, we will always remember you as nothing more than remora. https://t.co/2eZ2Zxqpkv
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 13, 2019
— Red-Nosed Sean (@seankent) January 13, 2019
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 13, 2019
Smithers? Aw man, I’m dying.
— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) January 13, 2019
I’ve always called Lindsey “Butters”, but you’re right, “Smithers” is so much more fitting. pic.twitter.com/P4xfOF3MvH
— Twiddlebird❄️⛄️❄️ (@twiddlebirdlet) January 13, 2019
— Casey Spivey (@caseyspivey) January 13, 2019
— James Avila (@javila27) January 13, 2019
Evans nailed it.
When Chris Evans shows up on Twitter pic.twitter.com/cHKe61wbMX
— Faye Lorraine (@faye_lorraine) January 13, 2019
My new favorite word. pic.twitter.com/tkV3DRxym4
— Lullaby (@lullaby_love_) January 13, 2019
Remora…now that’s perfect. 👍 pic.twitter.com/wqGlo5dk9N
— L Drake (@LDrake_777) January 13, 2019
Meanwhile, others are lashing out at Graham for pushing Trump toward dictatorship.
Presidents cannot just do what they want.
Democrats won’t compromise to build a wall. Trump won’t compromise either. Arguing that the President should simply declare a national emergency if democracy goes against him, so that he can do whatever he wishes… that’s the language of dictators, not of the rule of law.
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) January 11, 2019
That’s it’s Lindsey, let everyone know how much you love authoritarianism
— Carlos Spicyweiner (@KarlSpicyweiner) January 13, 2019
The president IS the cause of the shutdown. Declaring a state of emergency would clearly show he is a dictator. Trump and the GOP need to do what's best for the USA citizens, not their corrupt agenda.
— Melissa Wilhorn (@MWilhorn) January 13, 2019
"Meesa propose that the Senate give immediately emergency powers to the Supreme Trumplord" pic.twitter.com/GODJ4ZsKoo
— new year, same depression (@ZANTrav) January 13, 2019
Does Graham really want to open this political Pandora’s Box?
You should be ashamed of this and of the precedent it sets. What if the next President is a Democrat? Do you really want to say they should simply ignore congress by declaring a national emergency? This is a profoundly dangerous act!
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) January 11, 2019
So you do not believe in our system of checks and balances that uses congress and the senate to regulate the power of the president? You don’t believe in compromise in conflict resolution? You don’t believe that a leader should work to unify his country instead of feed his ego?
— Mel (@hateorgangefood) January 13, 2019
The emergency is sitting in the Oval Office.
If he’s “playing” with the idea….. then there’s no emergency. If there was an emergency, then there would have been a call to action right away.
— Kyle Carlson (@Cubbykid33) January 13, 2019
What emergency? Illegal immigration is at an all time low.
— The Cravenator (@ThatUglyDouche) January 13, 2019
Where was the emergency two years ago?
Also, every single expert says this won't work.
Why is healthcare and education too much but a useless wall isn't?
Logic really isn't the GOP's thing, is it?
— Victoria Reid (@vixnbrianaf) January 13, 2019
On Saturday, Trump backed away from his threat to invoke emergency powers under mounting pressure from his advisors and some Congressional Republicans.
“What we’re not looking to do right now is a national emergency,” Trump told reporters, though a few seconds later, he left the door open to that possibility in the future.
Trump shut down the federal government on December 22 after Congress refused to grant funding for a border wall. Negotiations to end the shutdown, now halfway into its fourth week, have stalled.
On Friday, Trump ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to look into siphoning disaster relief funds from hurricane-torn Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, as well as wildfire-ravaged California to pay for for the construction of a wall.
This, however, would not bring the government any closer to reopening. Recent estimates pegged the cost of the shutdown at roughly $1.2 billion per week.
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