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.
When Trump made the decision to begin withdrawing American troops from Syria, Graham was vocal in his belief that it was a bad move.
Others voiced similar opinions in response to his tweet.
Someone better tell your pal, trump that removing the troops eliminates this first line of defense
— Rowanchats (@rowanchats) December 27, 2018
@POTUS US needs to support #Kurds in #Syria not Russia. “Alarmed by a US decision to leave Syria, #Kurdish leaders who run much of the north are urging #Russia & its ally Damascus to send forces to shield the border from the threat of a #Turkish offensive.”https://t.co/GWA44RN76H
— Carolyn Pierce (@cfpierce) December 27, 2018
Trump isn't just abandoning the Kurds. He's also abandoning Israel.
— IrishMason 🗽🇺🇸 (@IrishMason) December 28, 2018
You mean like the ones we just sold out Lindsey? We aren’t going to have anyone that will work with us because they will figure we will cut and run at anytime leaving them hanging, we’ve done it in Vietnam, now in Syria with the Kurds, in areas of Afghanistan, and others.
— John Garlick Sr (@JohnGarlickSr) December 28, 2018
Others criticized the idea of a wall at the Southern border.
I'll support a border wall with Mexico the day after we complete the border wall with Canada. It's the longest undefended border in the world. If this is really all about protecting the nation from terrorists, the terrorists will walk across the Canadian border first.
— mark hentz (@markhentz) December 27, 2018
I think it’s funny that a country based on “occupying“ land of other people… My ancestors included… Now believe that border walls are a good thing
— 🇺🇸 Laurel (@laurelk229) December 28, 2018
Build a wall around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave! There’s a madman in there!
— Eringobiteme (@Eringobiteme) December 28, 2018
The Wall isn't any defense. Not first, not last.
— David Murray (@htmlbase) December 28, 2018
Senator Graham appeared to be criticizing Trump’s insistence on a border wall as first priority, but shortly after this tweet, he was back in line with the President.
To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats:
No Wall Money, No Deal.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 28, 2018