Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of President Donald Trump’s most tenacious allies. He starkly defended the president’s Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh during Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings, calling them a “sham” in a nearly five minute diatribe. Most recently, he supported the President’s move of eliminating birth right citizenship, calling it an “absurd policy,” and vowing to introduce legislation against it.
But it wasn’t always this way, and now that’s coming back to haunt Graham.
This week, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request, video of Graham discussing the then-hypothetical situation of Sessions being fired resurfaced.
"If Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay. Any effort to go after Mueller will be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.”—Sen Lindsey Graham in July 2017pic.twitter.com/AvYvr3IyJe
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 7, 2018
In the video, Graham says:
“If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay. Any effort to go after Mueller would be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.”
Twitter’s response? Holy hell.
Lindsey you won’t do a thing. Senator McCain weeps.
— M from the Northeast (@mjpcdhoops) November 7, 2018
Graham, that epitome of courage, will argue that Sessions wasn't fired, but resigned (despite the fact the first line of his resignation letter said, "At your request, I am submitting my resignation.").
— Michael Salerno (@MikeNJD) November 7, 2018
But many think they know the motivation behind Graham’s sudden kowtowing to the president, and suddenly this all makes sense.