Lindsey Graham Throws Trump Under The Bus During Live Interview

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In an effort to score major points with the liberal media, some RINOs will always come out of the woodwork and take on former President Donald Trump and those who support him.

In a statement published by Yahoo News on Sunday, a number of Republicans opposed Trump’s proposal to pardon some of the January 6 rioters if he gains reelection in 2024. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of them.

“I don’t want to send any signal that it was OK to defile the Capitol. There are other groups with causes that may want to go down to the violent path that these people get pardoned,” Graham said on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

“Yeah. Well, I think it’s inappropriate. I don’t want to reinforce that defiling the Capitol was OK. I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future.
“And just let me finish my thought here. When Kamala Harris and her associates and the people that work for her, her staffers, raised money to bail out the rioters who hit cops in the head and burned down stores.,” he said.

“I didn’t like that either. So I don’t want to do anything from raising bail to pardoning people who take the law into their own hands because it will make more violence more likely. I want to deter people who did what … on January the 6th. And those who did it, I hope they go to jail and get the book thrown at them because they deserve it,” he added.

Graham made his statements just 24 hours after Trump expressed his commitment at the Save America Rally in Conroe, Texas.

Trump said “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly. And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons. Because they are being treated so unfairly.”

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, said she would be unlikely to support Trump if he runs for president again in 2024 while on the ABC show “This Week.”

“I do not think that President Trump should have made that pledge. … We should let the judicial process proceed,” she stated.

Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, blasted Trump’s promise on the CNN show “State of the Union.”

“Of course not. Oh, my goodness, no,” he replied when asked about Trump’s remarks.

“Look, the folks that were part of the riots and, frankly, the assault on the U.S. Capitol have to be held accountable. Everybody needs to be held fairly accountable … That’s part of leadership.”

Graham went one step further when he implied that he would vote for President Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court if it were South Carolina Federal District Judge Michelle Childs.
“I can’t think of a better person for President Biden to consider for the Supreme Court than Michelle Childs. She has wide support in our state. She’s considered to be a fair-minded, highly gifted jurist. She’s one of the most decent people I’ve ever met. It would be good for the court to have somebody who’s not at Harvard or Yale. She’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina, a public education background. She’s been a workers comp judge. She’s highly qualified. She’s a good character. And we’ll see how she does if she’s nominated. But I cannot say anything bad about Michelle Childs. She is an awesome person,” Graham gushed effusively.

In response, the show’s host, Margaret Brennan, asked if that meant he would vote “yes” if she is nominated.

“If she’s nominated, she will not be treated like Judge Kavanaugh, I promise you, by Republicans. Let’s see how she does at the hearing. But I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a big admirer of Judge Charles. And I’d like to see the court have- a have a lot more balance, some common sense on it. Everybody doesn’t have to be from Harvard, Yale– It’s okay to go to a public university and get your law degree,” Graham concluded.

Trump made his promise to pardon the J6 protesters and hinted at a potential 2024 run during a campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday night.

Trump said that his supporters who protested at the Capitol last year were being treated unfairly by President Joe Biden.

‘If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,’ he assured the crowd.

‘If that requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.’

Afterward, he turned his anger back toward the way the detainees are being treated before taking aim at the Democrat-led House committee investigating the riot.

‘This hasn’t happened to all of the other atrocities that took place recently, what that un-select committee is doing and what the people are doing who are running those prisons — it’s a disgrace,’ he said.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel’s chairman, earlier this month asked his elder daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with Congress’ investigation, the latest sign that the panel is encroaching into the ex-president’s inner circle.

A number of lawmakers have been forthright about their search for Trump’s ties to the riot and the role he may have played in undermining the 2020 election.

Returning to the imprisoned rioters, he said: ’We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country.’

Hundreds of people have been charged with insurrection-related crimes by the DOJ in the past 12 months.

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