With Democratic nominee Joe Biden growing a lead in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump is looking at an increasingly inevitable defeat in his quest for a second term.
As many of his critics predicted, Trump shows no intention of accepting the results or conceding the election. On Thursday night, as his lead in Pennsylvania shrunk, Trump lied that he actually "easily" won the election if only "legal" votes were counted. The President falsely suggested that the millions of valid mail ballots cast in Pennsylvania were illegal.
Fresh off of winning another term in the Senate, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show, where he wouldn't denounce a potential tactic from the Trump campaign.
Since September, the campaign has considered the idea of sowing enough mistrust in the election results for Pennsylvania's GOP-dominated legislature to appoint faithless electors who could cast the state's 20 electoral votes for Trump.
Hannity asked Graham about this tactic, and Graham's answer was chilling.
Lindsey Graham said on Hannity that "everything should be on the table" when asked if the Pennsylvania state legislature should pick the electors over the wil of the voters.
This is unhinged and dangerous to even entertain.pic.twitter.com/tOLhRIV5W4
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 6, 2020
Hannity repeated another lie from the Trump campaign that Republican election observers weren't permitted to observe the ballot counting process.
"I think everything should be on the table. There's the process of observing an election that's been violated. Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake."
Even with a Biden lead looking almost certain, Graham's answer still had people concerned.
Lindsey Graham is on national television advocating for faithless electors to be put in place to invalidate the election result should it go for Biden.
Bad. Things. Happen.
Bad things are happening.
— Logicality🧢 (@_Logicality) November 6, 2020
Lindsey Graham just said that ignoring the vote is on the table. https://t.co/w6N9Qz8o1m pic.twitter.com/Fb3JcmVauV
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) November 6, 2020
No. An anti-democratic coup is not on the table. https://t.co/FxrvGBk9DI
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) November 6, 2020
Democracy is the cornerstone of this nation. The American people have made their views clear. What Senator Graham is suggesting here, with Sean Hannity, is **INCREDIBLY** dangerous stuff. https://t.co/a6Mgh3Rags
— Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) November 6, 2020
Who is plotting to steal the election here? https://t.co/xwUXy6AYFy
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 6, 2020
Graham infamously became one of Trump's most loyal allies despite being a vocal critic of his 2016 campaign, saying the Republican party would be "destroyed" if it nominated Trump.
Since then, Graham has vocally defended some of Trump's most alarming scandals and consequential decisions, such as the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
People were disgusted to see that this loyalty hadn't changed even with a Trump defeat on the horizon.
Lindsey Graham is a fascist prick https://t.co/HH6anzD7sZ
— Chad Landers CSCS 🏴☠️ (@ChadLanders) November 6, 2020
The most appalling performance in Lindsey Graham's career of appalling performances. Makes his hideousness during Kavanaugh look positively statesmanlike. Trades being a hack for promotion of sedition. https://t.co/P0LodgorMd
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 6, 2020
The only thing that should be on the table is Lindsay Graham's resignation letter. https://t.co/cBj6TLwf4n
— Tom Robinson (@MajorT0M) November 6, 2020
Anti-democratic, borderline treasonous. This man should not serve in the US Senate. https://t.co/fUuexhiza3
— We Few, We Happy Few, We Never Trumpers. (@Nel_Mezzo) November 6, 2020
The ability of the legislature to appoint electors is questionable at best, as it requires an unclear winner in the state. At the rate Biden is growing his lead over Trump as votes continue to be processed, that's looking less and less likely.