Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confused Twitter users yesterday when he tweeted about a border wall to defend against “radical Islam.”
While President Donald Trump—with whom Graham often allies himself—works to rally support for a border wall and also leans heavily on tropes to stoke fears of Islamist terror, the two are unrelated.
Graham decided to follow Trump’s lead but conflated the two.
When it comes to radical Islam, a border wall is our last line of defense — not our first.
Our first line of defense is a forward deployed presence working with partners to disrupt enemy operations directed at our allies and homeland.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 27, 2018
Trump claims the border wall is necessary to keep immigrants from South and Central America and Mexico from increasing the crime rate in the United States (these fears are unfounded). Meanwhile, one of the biggest catalysts of Islamist terror—ISIS—has greatly diminished. Trump has even said it’s destroyed (it’s not).
So what is Graham talking about? Twitter found his tweet extremely deserving of mockery.
I believe Latin America leans catholic
— Dusty Giebel (@DustinGiebel) December 27, 2018
Somebody in the senate hand Lindsey a map, please.
— ✊️Auntimeme✊️ (@MelyeeC) December 27, 2018
You ok, bud?
— Cheryl Byrne (@cherylbyrne) December 27, 2018
When you drop your notecards just before a speech and don’t have time to sort them…
— Kevin Decker (@thekevster101) December 28, 2018
WTH are you talking about?
— Tweety Freedom (@TweetyFreedom) December 28, 2018
Where do you propose deploying to thwart this threat from “radical Islam” that the Wall is supposed to protect us against? Guatemala? Honduras?
— Chris (@Chris_nDC) December 27, 2018
While it’s unclear why Graham associated the wall at the Southern border with Islamist terror, it didn’t stop users from voicing their opinions on a crucial foreign policy decision recently made by Trump, which Graham decried.