In case there was ever any confusion about the way Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham feels on the topic of race, let the record reflect his commentary from a Fox News appearance on Sunday morning.
During his interview with Chris Wallace on topics that spanned the gamut of the past week’s news, Graham spoke both in plain language as well as in coded dog-whistling about Georgia’s new controversial law that restricts voting access, President Joe Biden‘s response to that law, his proud ownership of an AR-15 and the House’s bill to expand voting rights.
If there was one commonality between what Graham said, it was his commitment to upholding racist ideals.
First, in response to Biden calling Georgia’s new voter suppression law “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” Graham took umbrage, and then some. When asked if he thought Republicans were going too far by pushing legislation that makes it harder for the average citizen to vote — laws that would disproportionately affect Black people — Graham deflected to Biden, whom he had the audacity of accusing of “playing the race card.”
(Of course, simply citing a non-existent “race card” is a go-to defense for and hallmark of people accused of being racist or supporting racism. Especially when the said race card is being used by the president with the most diverse Cabinet in history, including the first Black vice president…)
Graham then continued his purported self-defense by complaining of being labeled a racist.
“Every time a Republican does anything, we’re a racist. If you’re a white conservative, you’re a racist. If you’re a Black Republican you are either pop or uncle Tom,” Graham dog-whistled. But it was his next words that really betrayed his inner truth: Graham called HR-1 — the House bill that expands voting rights — “sick” in comparison to “what they’re doing in Georgia.”
In other words, Graham openly supports a law that will adversely affect Black people’s voting ability instead of one that would have the opposite effect.
Speaking of indefensible reasons for self-defense, Graham also proudly discussed his treasured AR-15 — the weapon preferred by mass shooters, data shows — and used loaded language to justify having one.
The sitting U.S. Senator imagined an inexplicable scenario in which he would neither have the privilege of taxpayer-funded government security nor police responding to a hypothetical “natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can’t protect my neighborhood.”
But then Graham went there, expressing his preparation of a “gang” coming to his home — “because I can defend myself.”
Can anyone care to guess what Graham’s “gang” looks like?
Graham, who appears to desperately want to be liked, tried to come off as sympathetic to Georgia’s new voting law, claiming that it “doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.” But, then again, he also said HR1 was “sick” compared to Georgia’s law.
This is America.
'This Is A Crisis': Folks Share Georgia Voting Catastrophes Through Videos And Photos
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“This is ridiculous,” says Anita Heard, a 80-year-old who was first in line to vote at 6 this morning and is still waiting to cast her ballot. “Of course,” she says when I ask her if she plans to stay. “I worked for 40 years — where else am I going?” #gapol pic.twitter.com/4Cd8nwagG9— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) June 9, 2020
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Once again my neighbors in #SWATL are experiencing #VoterSuppression. Polls were supposed to open an hour ago and we are not being admitted. Apparently we don’t have the paper needed for these new voting machines. #votingday #atlanta pic.twitter.com/R0gPxqMaSM— Alyssa Thys (@alyssa_thys) June 9, 2020
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Huge downpour just now. And at this Fulton Co. polling location - it seems nobody left the line.— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) June 9, 2020
Many have been waiting for 2+hours. When I asked how they’re feeling, one woman told me simply: “determined.” #GAPrimary pic.twitter.com/AOpvvuE97h
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People are waiting more than three hours to cast ballots in Atlanta. Look at this line 😳 pic.twitter.com/3IbVO6WiGO— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 9, 2020
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The is the line to vote at just ONE precinct in Atlanta right now.— Read Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (@JoshuaPotash) June 9, 2020
We need to push back now against having yet another election stolen.pic.twitter.com/NCfXxC7S43
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Massive lines, voting machine problems at precincts across metro Atlanta on this primary day. Some voters here at Park Tavern precinct in Altanta have been waiting three hours. pic.twitter.com/ngXvUnKbA1— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) June 9, 2020
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All 12 machines in almost all white Milton are working perfectly. There we're even two voting machine techs there to make sure. No lines, and almost no voters at— audiomagnate🔊 (@audiomagnate) June 9, 2020
Milton Branch Library
855 Mayfield Road
Milton, GA 30009#VoterSuppression#GeorgiaVoterSuppression pic.twitter.com/k3de1lOVV8
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I’m sorry but I need #GAVoterSuppression to go viral. Once again, my location Cross Keys High School, is down. People have been waiting since 7am. Machines down and no provisional ballots on site. #BLMprotest #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #VoterSuppression pic.twitter.com/DB9fLd3YbQ— De Popuweh Pin🇧🇧 (@TheHonorRebel) June 9, 2020
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