U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has always been a staunch conservative, but he was once one of the few prominent Republicans who’d stand up to Donald Trump. Now he’s gone from calling Trump “unfit for office” to being, as a new Twitter hashtag puts it, a “lapdog” for the president and his family.
His “latest lackeying,” as Jill Filipovic notes in an online commentary for CNN, was to advise Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a subpoena calling him to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. If Trump Jr. does testify, he added, he should invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination so he wouldn’t have to answer questions. Now Trump Jr. has agreed to testify, but the damage to Graham’s reputation remains. Democrats are optimistic about a serious challenge to him in the 2020 election, with the most likely Dem candidate being party activist Jaime Harrison.
The “ever more obsequious” senator (again, hat tip to Filipovic) is getting called out widely on Twitter.
— Del Shores (@DelShores) May 16, 2019
BREAKING: Lindsey Graham just said “Don Jr. is not above the law.” Wow, that’s quite a shift in the last 48 hours. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact America called for Lindsey’s resignation yesterday, and the fact the hashtag #LindseyGrahamObstructed is trending today.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 15, 2019
2017 Lindsey Graham: "What concerns me about the American press is this endless endless attempt to label [Trump] as some kind of kook not fit to be President.”
2016 Lindsey Graham: “I think [Trump's] a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”#LindseyTheLapdog pic.twitter.com/xB5Zbl2WXC
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 16, 2019
BOOM: Lindsey Graham got over $800,000 from a guy who made billions off Russian oil companies tied to Steele’s Dossier. @TheDemCoalition’s research report on it is below. It was just featured in Newsweek. His new name is #LindseyTheLapdog. RT if you agree.https://t.co/nn4igkmclO
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 16, 2019
One has to remember, not only is @LindseyGrahamSC an opportunistic sleaze ball, not only is he a pathetic arse kisser with no backbone, he’s as corrupt as his master is. Just follow the Russian oil money and whatever ever else lurks in the back of his closet.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) May 16, 2019
In this cycle of Trumpism it should clear to anyone who didn’t already know - Traitors like Lindsey Graham & McConnell are corrupt to the marrow of bones & they’ll do anything to protect their own self-interests.
Even if it means helping Trump destroy America.
— W Smith Impeach Trump & Exterminate The WH. (@WesSmith123) May 16, 2019
#LindseyTheLapdog SC beware! There's a traitor in your midst, remember this in the next election @LindseyGrahamSC #LindseyGrahamObstructed #LindseyGrahamresign #DonJr #Subpoena pic.twitter.com/qrwX5fV2JC
— Dion (@sthenrymary) May 16, 2019
— Jspeyind (@jspeyind) May 16, 2019
— The Antifragile Experience (@Antifragility19) May 16, 2019
Earlier in the week, the hashtag #ResignLindseyGraham trended.