Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is getting dragged on social media after he accused President Joe Biden of “brazen politicization” of the Capitol Insurrection.
Earlier today, Biden gave a speech about the January 6, 2021 attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election, when supporters of
Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, chanted for the death of Mike Pence as he presided over the Senate’s certification of the election, and erected a makeshift noose. Elected officials were swept to safety by the Secret Service and Capitol Police and five people died as a result of the day’s events.
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“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol,” Biden said in a speech earlier today on the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup. “But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”
Biden repeated the expression “former president” 16 times and went further at one point, saying Trump was “not just a former president, he’s a defeated former president.”
The attempted coup was a direct consequence of members of the Republican Party refusing to accept the Democratic Party’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, making it a partisan event in the sense that it was about a conflict defined by party lines.
Even so, Graham was mad at Biden for his “brazen politicization of January 6.”
“I wonder if the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan with al-Qaeda elements present, contrary to President Biden’s beliefs, are allowing this speech to be carried?”
Many commenters responded negatively to his tweet.
The nerve of President Biden injecting crass politics into the sacred memory of the mob violence fomented by the former President to overturn his election defeat. https://t.co/4pLU8snQ0f
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 6, 2022
Trying to prevent the certification of the election was done by ONE side and it wasn’t the left.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 6, 2022
You are an unpatriotic coward. Nothing more.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) January 6, 2022
I'm pretty sure Jan. 6th was politicized the moment your political base attempted to siege the Capitol with an intent to kill the Vice President.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 6, 2022
Lindsey Graham's prediction May 3rd, 2016. pic.twitter.com/9S1dowAQNC
— Trump Crisis (@RWTrollPatrol) January 6, 2022
I'm sure we were all worried about what the Taliban thought.
and by "we", I mean "no American".
— 🛼 Komrad Iron 🛼#Fe-26🛼 🛼 🛼 (@Komrad_Iron) January 6, 2022
So your party's attempt to overthrow democracy was a non-partisan event? Once you were a Senator, grudgingly respected by your opponents. Now you are a Trump Whore. Flee the country.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 6, 2022
What an embarrassment you’ve become, Lindsey Graham. If John McCain were still around he wouldn’t even recognize you.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 6, 2022
Graham didn’t just get called out online. In a Senate speech, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) attacked him for continuing to support Trump.
“The senior senator from South Carolina said soon after the riot that he was humiliated and embarrassed for our country and that Trump should, quote, ‘Count him out,'” Stabenow said. “But a few short weeks later, Trump counted him in for two days of golf and dining at Mar-a-Lago.”
Stabenow: The senior senator from South Carolina said he was humiliated and embarrassed for our country and that Trump should count him out but a few short weeks later, Trump counted him in for two days of golf and dining at Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/2pGNgMHaRx
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 6, 2022