You know, you could almost feel sorry for the guy, if it wasn’t so damn funny, and if he hadn’t brought it all on himself. For a guy who called Trump a “kook.” and a “racist” when he was running for President, and who cut a campaign ad showing himself pureeing his cell phone, and whacking it with a 9 iron after Trump gave the number out, Lindsey Graham has had quite the fall from grace. And a stunning fall it has been. Graham has gone from the man who once sat proudly at the feet of the American hero John McCain, to the one who grovels at the feet of the $1 Store Caligula.
Graham had his turn in the barrel today. He stepped up to the microphones, fielded questions, and tried to defend the indefensible, namely Trump’s latest escalation in his racist war against “The Squad.” One reporter even asked Graham to compare Trump’s racist remarks with his lifelong friend John McCain’s epic 2008 take down of an old simpleton who called Obama a “Kenyan,” which led McCain to pull the mic from her hands, and admonish her for her ignorance. Remember, this ia the man who gave a wrenchingly emotional speech in the Senate after McCain’s death, doing everything but hurl himself over the flag draped casket, and wailing “Take me with you John, take me with you!” His candy ass reply to the reporter today? “Well, nobody ever treated John McCain the way that Donald Trump has been treated.” Oh yeah, and The Imperial Grand Wizard of the GOP isn’t a racist either. Just so ya know.
But what struck me the most in watching Graham’s disgraceful performance in front of the cameras was his body language. Graham took several questions, and he did it the same way every damn time, with his chin tucked into his chest, and his eyes on the floor. When he answered, he was still talking to the floor, when he looked up, he had a 1,000 yard stare. He’d swing his head from side to side, but he was always looking at your lapel, or the ceiling, or your belt buckle. In short, he looked at you everywhere but in your eye.
Lindsey Graham was embarrassed, and he was humiliated. When presented by a reporter with the mantle of the late Senator John McCain, a man of remendous dignity and principles, Graham was reduced to having to defend instead a man with all of the morals of a capo in a third rate crime family. But while that was the task that Graham had set for himself, you could see in his every motion that his heart wasn’t in it.
Take a look at the video yourself. And now that Graham was so obvious about it, I’m going to start looking for similar traits in other GOP sycophants when similarly required to step up to the microphones and defend Glorious Bleater’s latest verbal obscenity. I’ve already noticed that Yertl McTurtle has that same vacant stare when he replies to questions about Trump, but now I’m going to look for it in others as well. You signed onto this voyage on the Trumptanic guys, y’all enjoy the cruise now, y’hear?
Lindsey Graham gives up the game, tells reporters that "if you're a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA cap, [Trump] doesn't want to send you back … what does that tell me? That it's about the criticism."
In other words, Trump tolerates refugees so long as they support him. pic.twitter.com/9x9IOvruLW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019