Lindsey’s Great Tirade …

There was a time I had some respect for Lindsey Graham.  However, since that time, he has fallen prey to the machinations of the far, far right movement and its current icon, Donald Trump, and I now find Lindsey to be despicable … and that was the kindest word I could come up with.

Lindsey used to be known for his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on many issues like campaign finance reform, line item veto, global warming, waterboarding ban, immigration reform and more.  In the beginning, he was opposed to the Tea Party movement, arguing for a more inclusive Republican Party.  After his own brief, unsuccessful run for president in 2015, he threw his support behind Jeb Bush, and when Bush dropped out, behind Ted Cruz.  He adamantly refused to support Donald Trump, and I applauded his values. But that was then, and this is now.Lindsey-Graham-4Since the 2016 election, Graham has become a boot-licker just like all the rest, often speaking out in defense of Trump, even when his actions are indefensible.  Last week during the Judiciary Committee hearing, Lindsay Graham decided to go into a tirade leveled at the democratic senators in the room, and by extension, all democrats.  Here are some snippets from that rant, along with my own snarky remarkys in blue:

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020.”  Wait just a damn minute, Linds … wasn’t that precisely what YOU did when President Obama nominated a candidate with integrity, Merrick Garland???  YOU wouldn’t even talk to him and held the seat open for one year and 58 days!

“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics. And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy … y’all want power and I hope you don’t get it.  If you vote no, you are legitimizing the most despicable thing I’ve ever seen in my time in politics.”  The most unethical sham I see is your behavior, ranting and pointing fingers, blaming everyone except those who deserve the blame:  Trump & Kavanaugh & the unethical senators who are doing Trump’s bidding.

“This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap – your high school yearbook.  You have interacted professional women all your life, not one accusation.  You’re supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school and all of a sudden you got over it. It’s been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don’t stop.”  I thought your degree was in the field of Law, not Clinical Psychology?  It is your determination to push, shove and cram this nominee who, as we can see, has a problem controlling his temper, onto the bench of the highest court in the land that is the problem.  Mr. Kavanaugh has shown us multiple times in the past week how he reacts under pressure, and it is not what we would expect of a Supreme Court justice.

Graham’s performance was unhinged, irrational, and nakedly partisan.  But after his outburst, other republican senators began apologizing … apologizing to Kavanaugh!  Sarah Huckabee Sanders and doofus Eric Trump weighed in on Twitter …sanders-trump tweets

And it is reported that Melania Trump passed along a message that she was “very proud” of him, although we have only Graham’s word on that one. If Lindsey Graham is now the face of the Republican Party, either the party is doomed, or the nation is.  This is not the first complaint, however, that I have had about Lindsey.  In 2009, he supported a climate change bill along with democratic Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman.  Then in 2010, he withdrew his support, saying, “The science about global warming has changed. I think they’ve oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they’ve been alarmist and the science is in question. The whole movement has taken a giant step backward.”  Somewhere between 2009 & 2010, the Tea Party/Donald Trump brainwashing machine apparently got to him.

Lindsey Graham is showing his true colours and that he is a party minion rather than a man who is willing to stand for truth, justice, and equal rights.  Oh, and by the way, it might interest you to know that in May 2016, Graham made this statement:

“I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.” 

And while he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin, he did get on that train with Donald Trump and is now licking his boots and asking, “How high?” when Trump says “Jump!”

51 thoughts on “Lindsey’s Great Tirade …

  1. I never want to dismiss the sexual assault claim by any woman because, as many people have said, “you weren’t there, I wasn’t there, we just don’t know what really happened” and in the United States, we have something called burden of proof where the person making the accusing claim is the one who needs to provide the substantive evidence to support the claim. in cases like this, I see where this is difficult but I also don’t understand how people interpret the “innocent until proven guilty” approach as being totally against women and are therefore marginalizing their claims completely. this is not only a demonstration of an absolute lack of rationality but a total derailment of the mind of the individual who has such a belief system as there is no logical way to go from the burden of proof to marginalization of an entire subset of the population without demonstrating a major lapse in intellectual integrity on the part of that individual.

    That’s the philosophical problem I have with the whole thing.

    Now for the procedural and transparency issues.

    Why did Christina Forde send a letter to a united states senator instead of the FBI? are there not women who work in the field of this government organization who would be supportive of her claim since, according to those who believe her, and I’m not saying either way because I don’t know for sure, but men couldn’t possibly be sensitive or sympathetic to these claims.
    Why did Judge Cavanaugh not answer absolutely in the affirmative when senator Durbin of Illinois asked him if he would request an FBI investigation in the middle of the hearing so that everyone could hear him make such a request? Would this not add more transparency to his claim of innocence, even though he said on a number of occasions before the hearings that he was willing to have such an investigation done on him?

    Lastly, why did the democrats sit on the letter that Christina sent them for at least 1 month or two before presenting this evidence and not go to the FBI themselves when Cavanaugh clearly stated that he would be willing to be investigated when he found out about these charges?

    As much as I take seriously people who have been sexually assaulted and am empathetic to their stories, just like everything else, there are rotten apples which spoil the whole bunch such as the few unconscionable women who, in fact, make up such claims to further an agenda, whether it be political or vengeance of another type. I’m not going to list those out here, google is a good resource for finding out this information.

    Why wasn’t christina made aware of the offer that was on the table to have the republicans fly out to her location to do the interview since she has a fear of flying? Maybe the democrats aren’t as accomodating as they would have us to believe.

    Finally, if a democrat were being nominated for thos position and accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct surfaced, would there be hearings? Would there be such media coverage and would you yourself, blog about it?
    Think on these things which are not meant to antagonize but get past the emotionalism and arrive at the truth of the matter. After all, truth always superceeds political affiliations every time.
    Thank you for considering and responding to my comments, if you’d like.

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    • You make some valid points and I can only answer for myself.

      “I never want to dismiss the sexual assault claim by any woman because, as many people have said, “you weren’t there, I wasn’t there, we just don’t know what really happened” and in the United States, we have something called burden of proof where the person making the accusing claim is the one who needs to provide the substantive evidence to support the claim. in cases like this, I see where this is difficult but I also don’t understand how people interpret the “innocent until proven guilty” approach as being totally against women and are therefore marginalizing their claims completely. this is not only a demonstration of an absolute lack of rationality but a total derailment of the mind of the individual who has such a belief system as there is no logical way to go from the burden of proof to marginalization of an entire subset of the population without demonstrating a major lapse in intellectual integrity on the part of that individual.
      That’s the philosophical problem I have with the whole thing.”

      The problem is most, not all, of the republicans and certainly trump make it so obvious they have a lower opinion of women and view our responses and thoughts as not valuable. It’s a good old boys elite club in which they’d just as easily prefer no women in government and no women even voting. So the bias is already there and it’s not much of a leap to feel the entire gender is marginalized by them. Did you see trump’s response to the women reporter?…to quote “you didn’t think, but you never do.” Disgusting!

      “Now for the procedural and transparency issues.
      Why did Christine Ford send a letter to a united states senator instead of the FBI? are there not women who work in the field of this government organization who would be supportive of her claim since, according to those who believe her, and I’m not saying either way because I don’t know for sure, but men couldn’t possibly be sensitive or sympathetic to these claims.”

      Most FBI agents are men and she simply may have felt this was a better course and it would get attention and action in a more timely way.
      
”Why did Judge Kavanaugh not answer absolutely in the affirmative when senator Durbin of Illinois asked him if he would request an FBI investigation in the middle of the hearing so that everyone could hear him make such a request? Would this not add more transparency to his claim of innocence, even though he said on a number of occasions before the hearings that he was willing to have such an investigation done on him?”

      Yes he absolutely, if he is truly innocent, would have agreed immediately with all the senators who asked over and over this question of him, which he evaded over and over again with the most petulant arrogant expressions.

      “Lastly, why did the democrats sit on the letter that Mrs. Ford sent them for at least 1 month or two before presenting this evidence and not go to the FBI themselves when Kavanaugh clearly stated that he would be willing to be investigated when he found out about these charges?”

      Because she asked them to. She wanted to remain anonymous at first and yes we don’t know how it was leaked, but I for one, am glad that it was. I’m not glad for Mrs. Ford and her family nor for Kavanaugh’s family, but to give the citizens a view of how the government operates, to view the demeanor, believability and temperament of the two people involved and to wisely feel to not have any appointments in the government for life.

      “As much as I take seriously people who have been sexually assaulted and am empathetic to their stories, just like everything else, there are rotten apples which spoil the whole bunch such as the few unconscionable women who, in fact, make up such claims to further an agenda, whether it be political or vengeance of another type. I’m not going to list those out here, google is a good resource for finding out this information.”

      Agreed

      “Why wasn’t Mrs. Ford made aware of the offer that was on the table to have the republicans fly out to her location to do the interview since she has a fear of flying? Maybe the democrats aren’t as accomodating as they would have us to believe.”

      I did some research on this and it seems Mrs. Ford was somewhat in the dark about this offer, perhaps her lawyers didn’t fully inform her of the offer. I don’t get a sense she lies in any way. And flying one person here instead of several to her, would certainly save tax payer dollars. I sense an implication about her stated fear of flying from you. I know many people that certainly dread flying, but have to do it anyway for jobs, practicality etc.

      “Finally, if a democrat were being nominated for this position and accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct surfaced, would there be hearings? Would there be such media coverage and would you yourself, blog about it?”

      Absolutely there would be. You really think the republicans would let that lie (as in lay)? They would fight it every bit as hard, if not more. Don’t forget the delay over Merrick Garland a potential Supreme Court judge the republicans delayed it for over a year because they were obsessed with getting their choice on board and not Obama”s. Link below.
      https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624467256/what-happened-with-merrick-garland-in-2016-and-why-it-matters-now
      
”Think on these things which are not meant to antagonize but get past the emotionalism and arrive at the truth of the matter. After all, truth always superceeds political affiliations every time.
Thank you for considering and responding to my comments, if you’d like.”

      One thing I will add personally is that now since it’s a difficult thing to prove either way especially without witnesses or witnesses willing to come forward, it has changed for me to Kavanaugh’s credibility on so many levels. And his anger, belligerence and such an obvious partisanship and his unhinged, unstable performance definitely make him not suitable for that critical job and responsibility of being a lifetime judge in any court.

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      • Hi Mary.

        I saw that response from Trump and it was horrid. He owes that reporter an engraved apology which she will never receive.

        I never felt that her fear of flying was a point of contention or problematic since there are many people who fly for many reasons, such as traveling for work or to go see a dying loved one, etc. We often have to do things that we don’t like so for anyone in the senate committee to bring that up as a way in which to minimize her credibility is deplorable and completely unacceptable.

        I tend to agree with you that Bret’s temperament is something that should be brought into question regarding his ability to be a level headed member of the court and make decisions accordingly.

        I appreciate your responses to my comment.

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        maryplumbago commented: “You make some valid points and I can only answer for myself. “I never want to dismiss the sexual assault claim by any woman because, as many people have said, “you weren’t there, I wasn’t there, we just don’t know what really happened” and in the United “

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    • You ask why she sent her letter to a Senator instead of to the FBI or law enforcement. Well she sent her letters , yes plural, to the white house, to several other people and to her congressperson before Kavanaugh was selected. Yes before. When it came out he was being considered, she sent her letters hoping to have his consideration cut short. It was after he was chosen that Dianne Feinstein reached out to her and she asked Feinstein to keep it secret. It was not until her name came out in the news along with her story that Ms Ford agreed to come forward her self. One last point. It was stated by the reporter who broke the story that the senators office was not the source. It is assumed that it was friends of Ms. Ford’s who leaked the news. Hugs

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    • You make some valid points, and most of your questions I cannot answer. Since I don’t have specifics and answers, I will give you my take on a few of your points.

      “Innocent until proven guilty” is indeed the law of the land and I concur. But why, if he is innocent, did Kavanaugh not welcome the investigation to attempt to get to the truth? Women often don’t come forward because they are often ridiculed and shamed, rarely believed, and even when they are believed, there are those who will say she probably “asked for it” by the way she dressed, her makeup, a spoken word or something that they believe the man would have reasonably seen as an invitation. This is a tough situation in all cases, but typically the woman feels that she is better off to just stay quiet.

      As I said, I cannot answer your questions about why this went down the way it did … I have no idea. What I do know, though, is that Kavanaugh has worn a mask that has now come off … his rants, his tirades, have shown him not to be the sort of person he was initially believed to be and certainly not the sort of person we need making life-and-death decisions for this nation for the next several decades.

      I am neither a republican nor a democrat, but an independent voter. Most of my ideas are more liberal than not, and since the advent of the Tea Party movement, I have leaned further to the left as the republicans leaned further to the right. Not intentionally, but the values, the things I care about, are becoming lost in the partisan world that cares more about corporate profits than people. That said, if this had been a democratic nominee and the circumstances the exact same, then yes, I would still be writing as I am now. As to the media coverage, I cannot say for certain, but yes, I believe the same hue and cry would exist.

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  2. Excellent post, Jill. I also remember how other Republican Congressmen and Senators distanced themselves from Trump – until he won. Good golly! That changes EVERYTHING! I’m sure John McCain is rolling over in his grave watching his friend Leslie perform.

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  3. Lindsey Graham, other Senate Republicans and Donald Trump are not interested in nor care about the truth of what happened…they want Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for their own future malfeasance. Graham lost any sort of conscience when John McCain died, now he’s free to show his true colors. Jeff Flake said that Kavanaugh’s nomination is ‘over’ IF he lied to the Senate…they all know that he did and the FBI investigation is to look like they care to voters. My daughter told me to watch the SNL “Weekend Update” with Michael Che and Colin Jost from this weekend. I googled it and found it to speak TRUTH mingled with bizarre humor. Thank-you!

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    • Need I add, that anything Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Eric Trump say is hardly a ringing endorsement for Graham’s integrity, more likely it speaks to his lack of it. Melania is not at the top of that list either. Her current tour of Africa, at taxpayer’s expense, is a fine example of hypocrisy. This so called patron for children’s well-being should spend her time and our money on the immigrant children being detained in the USA, sans the jacket!

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      • DJT doesn’t want her talking about that in this country so they send her off to Africa. Is she going to the countries that offer big game hunting or something where DJT and sons can put up a hotel for that group?

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      • My friend in Ghana tells me that her visit is very low-key, that they are largely unimpressed and he actually feels a bit sorry for her (Melania). As you said, a waste of money, but Trump is notorious for treating the U.S. Treasury as his party-fund.

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    • You are quite right, of course, and now McConnell is threatening to push for a vote even before the FBI report is in. I will be glad when this fiasco is put to bed, hopefully with Kavanaugh out looking for work, for it takes a toll on us all.

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      • Did you watch the SNL “Weekend Update” video? While there is little to no humor in this impending disaster of a nomination, there is humor of a sort in the absurdity of it…at least we must try to find a reason to laugh…a teensy smile?! You have already exhausted yourself during this week of horrors and it is only Wednesday. There is likely more on the horizon, beware and take care. Thank-you!

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  4. Hello Jill. Did you notice that all the TV interviews and the close up shots that Lindsey Graham did for about three days last week that his eyes were really bright red and watery? He looked like he had been on a bender himself. He looked like he had been crying or about too. I found that really weird. Hugs

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    • Hmmm … no, I didn’t, but after reading your comment, I went back to his tirade, and you’re right . Perhaps he’s losing sleep … although he isn’t up for re-election this year, so I don’t know why he would be. Worried about losing the majority next month? I do so hope!!! Hugs!!!

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    • It seems that in this administration, there are no rules. Sexual assault? Fine. Lies? Fine. Ignoring your constituents? Fine, at least until right before the election. Foul language and racial slurs? Fine … maybe even encouraged. We have no soul anymore. 😥 Hugs, Jack! ❤

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    • I absolutely agree … and this, along with so many other heinous things she has publicly defended tells me that she has no conscience, cares not a whit about decency. I wonder what she’ll tell her kids about all this when they are old enough to understand? You’re right, that his friendship with both John McCain and Joe Lieberman kept him in check, but obviously he dances to the tune of the highest bidder these days. Even before McCain’s death, he was losing his decency.
      Cwtch

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      • Being male, being priveleged, there is no way there are no skeletons in the closet. Maybe if you started a rumour he is a gay atheist (my apologies to everyone that might offend) it might bring out some stories he thought well hidden.

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        • I agree with you, but even so … there is, in this country, still the attitude of “oh well, boys will be boys”. I bet money that even if it were to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he attempted to rape Dr. Ford, there would remain a large number of senators who would vote in favour of his confirmation, Trump would still support him, and so would at least a quarter of the people. Women may have gained the vote and the right to own property, but not much in the way of respect. I’ve seen women interviewed who, when asked how they still support Trump after the Access Hollywood tape say that it just doesn’t matter. To me, it says he is a man without honour. Sigh.

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  5. Jill, I have been disappointed in Graham as well. In part, he is trying to cater to the ego of the narcissistic President, yet he has been obsequious way more than he should. As for his recent tirades, cutting to the chase, they are staged aggressive defiances to favor Kavanaugh. When Kavanaugh was both beligerant to the Senators and accusatory toward Democrats and the Clintons, those were clear signals to dig further into Kavanaugh’s past. It would be nice for the FBI to dig into Trump’s sexual harassment and assaults, especially since he has bragged on both in at least three interviews. Plus, his denial of extramarital affairs with a playmate model and a porn star are now lacking in merit. Keith

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    • You’ve hit the nail on the head, when you say his tirades are ‘staged’ … it is intended only for that third of the nation … closer to 40% now from what I’m seeing … who blindly believe whatever Trump & his minions tell them. Oh yes, I would love for there to be an investigation into all the accusations against Trump, for I’m guessing at least 80% are valid. I wonder … do you think mistreatment of women is now a criteria for a job in the administration?

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Lindsey Graham has sold his soul to the devil … there’s something ‘they’ have hanging over his coiffed head!!
    He’s become a despicable southerner, with a histrionic touch … ‘I’m a single while male’ …an audition for an audience of one … and the Oscar for Best Actor goes to …
    Lost the little respect I had for the man. Guess his integrity was buried along with his then friend Sen. John McCain!!

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