President Trump’s flagrant lawlessness has infected his party to its core, inspiring Republican politicians to engage in a level of outright and obvious corruption that would have been unthinkable just a few short years ago.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a formerly respected member of his party, has gone full MAGA, embracing all the criminality that the ethos entails. Calls for his resignation have cropped up with the recent news that he directed Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a subpoena issued by the Senate.
It should go without saying that a subpoena by its very nature and purpose cannot simply be ignored, and Graham’s direction to do so marks a tilt into full-blown authoritarianism on his part. It’s a knowing repudiation of the powers invested in the legislative branch by the Constitution and a clear sign that Graham cares little about the laws he has sworn to protect.
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Whether Graham is angling for a place in the administration, hopes to inherit Trump’s crazed followers for an eventual presidential run of his own, or simply believes he must support the president in order to hold onto his Senate seat is as yet unclear, but what is clear is that he is betraying democracy to serve his own selfish needs.
Now, rising Democratic star Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken Graham to task on Twitter. The freshman representative pointed out that the subpoena issued to Donald Trump Jr. is legally binding, and that Graham has no right to advise him to ignore it.
AOC suggested that if Graham wants to work for Trump and his administration so badly he should resign from his Senate seat and move into the White House. Her comments, as harsh as they might sound, are perfectly spot on.
Graham has chosen to be nothing more than a shameless shill for Donald Trump, and he should do us all a favor and just admit that he no longer has any interest in carrying out his duties as a senator. At this point, he owes the American people his immediate resignation.
The Senate Intel Committee (which is GOP-controlled!) issued a legally binding subpoena, & Sen. @LindseyGrahamSC advised that individual to ignore it.
If Lindsey Graham wants to work for Trump so badly, he can resign his seat and move his office down a few blocks to do so. https://t.co/wrbjoNMISd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 14, 2019