Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was recently asked to respond to the numerous videos that emerged of Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a member of his own party.
Senator Graham failed to denounce Greene's many false claims—many featured on her own videos showing her harassing people—which included:
- conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting
- conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting
- conspiracy theories about the September 11 terrorist attacks
- a Jewish space laser started the California wildfires
- harassing Democratic Muslim Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to try to force them to retake their oaths of office on a Christian Bible
Graham instead said he wanted to speak with Greene before responding.
Graham expressed hope Greene's statements were manipulated in some way.
GRAHAM on MTG: I rode down with her going to GA. Had a very pleasant experience...I want to hear from her. Before I… https://t.co/Loeb7XIows— Alan He (@Alan He)1612289121.0
When a reporter pointed out in many cases Greene can be seen on video expressing these exact opinions, Graham still refused to denounce her.
Reporter: She’s on video. GRAHAM: She’ll have to tell me is it accurate, I dunno, I haven’t seen the video, what’s… https://t.co/0t82BHIRjV— Alan He (@Alan He)1612289189.0
Apparently @LindseyGrahamSC now says he isn’t sure whether Marjorie Taylor Greene really endorsed political violenc… https://t.co/Lm1hqArWue— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1612325129.0
According the NYTimes, Lindsey Graham is "not ready to repudiate" Marjorie Taylor Greene https://t.co/fFFqMGvgGr https://t.co/xjSfj6WlZg— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1612326288.0
An almost unbelievable number of career-ending videos have emerged of Greene since she was elected to Congress.
It seems pretty unlikely each of them was misunderstood or tampered with in some way.
.@mtgreenee, is this you harassing @davidhogg111 weeks after the Parkland shooting, that my daughter was killed in… https://t.co/WzP4WCaJM3— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1611753995.0
Here’s Marjorie Taylor Greene talking about the Vegas mass shooting just to remind us all that she’s a dangerous cr… https://t.co/eLv7XKd3cY— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1611848848.0
Many on Twitter pointed out Marjorie Taylor Greene simply takes the rhetoric of the Republican party to its natural conclusion.
Lindsey Graham is defending Marjorie Taylor Greene because Lindsey is Marjorie Taylor Greene.— Phil Arballo (@Phil Arballo)1612298089.0
Republican Party leaders don't have a problem with Marjorie Taylor Greene because she *is* the Republican Party.— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1611856433.0
I’m just loving your new buddy @LindseyGrahamSC. @mtgreenee is a great spokesperson for your party. https://t.co/D5gIfVv3Kx— William Crymes (@William Crymes)1611893298.0
Graham wants to give Greene every opportunity to talk her way out of the consequences he knows she deserves.
@Independent He wants to hear that the videos aren't real and that she doesn't hold the beliefs that she has videod herself expressing.— Cookie (@Cookie)1612299407.0
The Senator later repeated his message on Twitter.
As to Representative Greene of Georgia and her alleged comments on various issues: the most important thing for me… https://t.co/BtYGnITE1j— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1612366078.0
She is entitled to correct the record - if it needs to be corrected - and explain things that could have been taken… https://t.co/xL1FLBepiK— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1612366079.0
If these statements are accurate - and do in fact reflect her views - they are troubling. I would encourage her t… https://t.co/VzwH9W8NmE— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1612366079.0
Social media couldn't believe Graham had so little integrity.
@LindseyGrahamSC "her alleged comments" Where to begin... I mean really. Where do you even start with this? GFY!— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️)1612366719.0
@LindseyGrahamSC Anyone who does not condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene cannot in good conscience even pretend to desire national unity.— David Spondike (@David Spondike)1612366144.0
Perhaps after he gets caught up on some of Marjorie Taylor Greene's videos, Graham will have a change of heart.