Everyone’s Mad at Lindsey Graham
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Democrats and Republicans alike are blasting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for a tweet in which he appeared to be calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service,” Graham wrote.
“The only people who can fix this are the Russian people. Easy to say, hard to do,” he continued in another tweet. “Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Graham’s proposal “an exceptionally bad idea.”
“This is an exceptionally bad idea. Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves. But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state,” Cruz said.
“While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said. “We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom. Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations. Americans don’t want war.”
Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) called Graham’s statement “Biden-level stupidity and recklessness,” while Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sarcastically mused, “When has Sen. Graham encouraging regime change ever ended badly?”
Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Ivanovich also rebuked Graham’s remarks.
In a Facebook post, Ivanovich said he finds Graham’s statement “unacceptable and outrageous. The degree of Russophobia and hatred in the USA towards Russia is off the charts. It’s unbelievable that a country’s senator preaching his moral values as a ‘guiding star’ to all mankind could afford a call on terrorism as a way to achieve Washington’s goals on the international arena.”