Lindsey Graham offers the perfect argument against his own reelection in this ingenious ad

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Lindsey Graham was once somewhat respected as a politician. But that is no longer the case, thanks to the Republican senator’s alliance with the Corrupter-In-Chief Donald Trump and an extensive list of failures.

Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democrat challenger, told the Washington Post, “But what we have now seen is that this guy’s only interest is in Lindsey O. Graham. His only interest is being in the middle of things, to have power.”

A new ad showcases some of Graham’s most outrageous quotes, including “President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and then some.”

This sound-bite contrasts with a quote from 2015, where Graham said, “Every time I turn around I’m being asked about Donald Trump saying one dumb thing after another. And I’m tired of it.”

Here are some other failures from the South Carolina senator:

Opposing COVID-19 unemployment pay

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In March, Graham and a handful of Republican senators threatened to block the CARES Act, for the sole reason that it would have provided $600 extra in unemployment a week for those laid off by the virus.

Graham claimed that the extra unemployment pay would cause those who had been laid off to avoid looking for other jobs. He didn’t notice that the provision would expire after 4 months.

Changing the definition of an impeachable offense

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In 1999, when the impeachment investigation of President Bill Clinton was being conducted, Lindsey Graham claimed that obstruction of an impeachment inquiry was in fact, an impeachable offense.

Twenty years later, it seems Graham had changed his mind. When a reporter asked him whether he stood by his old statement, the senator muttered “Nothing’s changed.” However, Trump was refusing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

‘In the loop’ in the Ukraine scandal

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According to Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham was “in the loop” in the attempt to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. Parnas told CNN host Anderson Cooper that Graham had “a lot of information about his dealings.”

Lack of concern for immigrants

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Salon noted that Graham told Fox in July 2019, that the current immigration system was “a system about to break.” His solution to the problem? Keep the immigrants who had come in detained for longer.

“What I saw is a bunch of people, who have been here before, broke the law before, and we’re not going to let them go. I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days,” he told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

Merrick Garland or Brett Kavanaugh

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Graham worked with the GOP in the Senate in 2016 to block the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. However, in 2018, Graham pushed for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, even in the midst of accusations of sexual assault levied at Kavanaugh.

If a seat on the Supreme Court becomes empty in 2020, Graham won’t block Trump’s nominee, however. “I don’t want to speculate, but I think appointing judges is a high priority for me in 2020,” he said in an interview.

Fueling the fire

Side by side photos of Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump

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When Trump made racist remarks towards Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, Lindsey Graham followed suit. He said on Fox News that the Democratic representatives were “communists” who “hate our own country.”

He followed up by saying, “They’re anti-Semitic, they’re anti-America.”

Fix Venezuela, but not the United States

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Graham was a strong advocate for deposing the leader in Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. He wanted to send military forces to the Central American country in 2019. He believed it would scare countries like Iran and North Korea if the United States intervened in a country like Venezuela. But Graham didn’t seem interested in fighting the corruption at home.

Pocketing cash

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The South Carolina senator has taken $50,000 from the NRA, but he’s also taken massive donations from pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer.

The Daily Kos also found that Graham had accepted large donations from a casino owner while agreeing to vote against any form of legislation that would legalize online gambling.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Keyboard with one key that is green and says ObamaCare

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Graham partnered with Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy in 2017 to overhaul Obamacare. Their bill would have removed most of the act, including the Medicaid expansion. Instead of getting money earmarked for Medicaid, states would get lump sums that they would have been able to spend as they saw fit.

Disregard for the Constitution

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In a tweet from October, Graham said, “Packing the Supreme Court… Bad idea. Liberal dream. Trump’s 3rd term is looking better and better!”

This coming from the same senator who once said “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed . . . and we will deserve it.” How four years have changed him.

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