March 24, 2023

Morning Joe just publicly humiliated Lindsey Graham for licking Trump’s boots

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Yesterday, Trump sunk to a new low in inciting his racist base by claiming that he would use an executive order to revoke birthright citizenship, a blatantly unconstitutional act engineered to excite those foolishly afraid of America’s demographics gradually becoming less white. It’s, of course, no mere coincidence that the announcement came just a week ahead of the November midterms.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the man who has quickly become Trump’s most fervent yes man, rushed to praise the illegal, xenophobic idea, even saying that he would personally introduce legislation to back it up.

Now, the conservative host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, has torn into Graham, saying that his support of Trump’s latest move is just another sad example of him degrading himself for the president. He attributed some of the senator’s behavior to the passing of his friend and coworker Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who exerted influence over Graham and seemingly kept some of his worst instincts in check

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Scarborough found Graham’s bowing and scraping so ridiculous that he couldn’t help but laugh as he described the behavior.

“Yesterday, Lindsey came out and was like ‘It’s about time!’ on Twitter. He was excited that Trump was going to amend the Constitution with an executive order which, of course, even Paul Ryan said ‘you can’t do that.’ Justin Amash, Tea Party, hears it: ‘you can’t do that.’ George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne Conway’s husband, said ‘you can’t do that,'” said Scarborough.

He went on to question how the University of South Carolina’s School of Law is processing Graham’s comments, given that he is an alumnus of theirs and is voicing his support for unconstitutional actions on the part of the president.

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“What do they think that a guy that graduated from their program really thinks that you can tear up the 14th Amendment by signing an executive order?” he asked.

Scarborough went on to say that he doesn’t actually believe Graham actually thinks an executive order could be used to dismantle parts of the Constitution. Instead, it’s a partisan act that Scarborough believes is just another example of how “shameful” Graham has become in the wake of McCain’s passing.

Scarborough correctly identified that the entire sordid discourse around birthright citizenship is nothing more than a “clear call to racists to come out and vote for his candidates.”

Watch the clip below.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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