“I can be main the cost to ensure that President Trump’s nominee has a listening to, goes to america Senate for a vote, as a result of that’s my job and I consider I’m doing what the individuals of South Carolina need me to do on this regard,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, mentioned at a GOP occasion in North Charleston on Monday.
Which is, um, completely different than what he mentioned in 2016 when he opposed even holding affirmation hearings for Garland.
“I would like you to make use of my phrases towards me,” Graham mentioned on the time
. “If there is a Republican president in 2016 and a emptiness happens within the final 12 months of the primary time period, you’ll be able to say, ‘Lindsey Graham mentioned let’s let the following president, whoever it may be, make that nomination.'”
Yeah, I imply, he just about requested for it. Like, explicitly.
Nobody who has adopted politics for the final five-ish years — principally for the reason that rise of Trump — ought to be shocked AT ALL that Graham is the Republican senator with essentially the most outrageous flip-flop on, ahem, precept.
You will do not forget that when Graham was working towards Trump for president in 2016, he described the billionaire businessman as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, non secular bigot.” And mentioned this: “You know the way you make America nice once more? Inform Donald Trump to go to hell.”
Quick ahead a couple of years — and out of the blue Graham is considered one of Trump’s greatest defenders (and common golf buddies.)
What occurred? Nicely, The New York Instances’ Mark Leibovich put that query on to Graham again in 2019. And here is how Graham answered: “Nicely, OK, from my perspective, if you understand something about me, it might be odd not to do that.” Pressed by Leibovich on what “this” was, Graham mentioned: “‘This’ is to attempt to be related.”
The Level: Lindsey Graham is about relevance, not precept. The prospect to guide the Senate Judiciary Committee affirmation hearings for a SCOTUS nominee that will tilt the Courtroom to a transparent 6-Three conservative majority? He is by no means going to move that up.