When it comes to education, Senator Lindsey Graham (R - SC) believes that middle school students would benefit more from a "secure border" wall than a new campus.
Now that President Donald Trump has asserted his power by declaring a national emergency on Friday, he is considering how to allocate available funds to secure his flawed pet project.
CBS's Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan asked if the South Carolina senator was concerned about the possibility of funding being pulled from "military construction efforts, including construction of a middle school in Kentucky, housing for military families, improvements for bases," and his answer confounded audiences.
"It's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We'll get them the school they need, but right now we've got a national emergency on our hands."
Trump's emergency declaration for border wall funds could cut money for projects like a Kentucky middle school. Gr… https://t.co/aCktFogFVY— CBS News (@CBS News)1550419197.0
Graham's distorted priorities rattled Twitter's nerves.
@SageRobinson @CBSNews Yup! And the United States overall ranks at a grade C compared to the rest of the world. Bad… https://t.co/M4YAHOLcWx— e. dynamite (@e. dynamite)1550420112.0
@victor_de_ @corine1228 @SageRobinson @CBSNews Good god, do Americans have any accountability whatsoever? You would… https://t.co/1ukm9xSntk— ♥️ Gemini Lowes ♥️ (@♥️ Gemini Lowes ♥️)1550431687.0
@flapjackxs @CBSNews @LindseyGrahamSC @GOP @LindseyGrahamSC is completely dead inside, just look at his eyes. The… https://t.co/rDIsBlc1G7— RESISTERinProgress (@RESISTERinProgress)1550469198.0
@CBSNews Our education system is in dire need across the country as is. There is no justification for reducing any… https://t.co/2wUONVMx2M— Kate Barry (@Kate Barry)1550439042.0
Some were confused over Kentucky being geographically vulnerable to invasions.
@CBSNews Is there a geography lesson I missed? Is the state of Kentucky in imminent danger?— Amy Cox (@Amy Cox)1550419897.0
@MIZZOUFORME @CBSNews Yes, but from it’s own assbackward politicians— Clark Oliver (@Clark Oliver)1550420132.0
@MIZZOUFORME @CBSNews Yes, i noticed avocados salsa, and tortillas at our Krogers. I got scared and went home #NotesFromNationalEmergency— crazycatlady (@crazycatlady)1550422248.0
Where is the real danger coming from?
@CBSNews @Eathbound420 Immediate danger to Kentucky students and all our children???? https://t.co/msZxwvxt2I— Sportsman 1966 (@Sportsman 1966)1550421485.0
Will South Carolinians change their fate in 2020?
@CBSNews I live in SC and get to take care of this by voting. Make sure you educate yourself and vote wherever you live.— Mary Hutto (@Mary Hutto)1550447306.0
@maryhutto56 @CBSNews I'll be joining you in that effort, but you and I both know the majority of voters in this st… https://t.co/Bqc3yNYNHS— The M'Hael (@The M'Hael)1550459248.0
People didn't forget that Graham's relationship with Donald Trump used to be adversarial.
@CBSNews I thought that guy was my senator. When did he take a job as #Trumpsplainer? #PhoneHomeLindsey— Free Thinker (@Free Thinker)1550421452.0
@CBSNews Did Sen. Lindsey Graham got a life time membership at Mar-a-Lago ?Looks like he is Trump shadow.— wilfredo l tabares (@wilfredo l tabares)1550420038.0
@CBSNews Graham has become Trump’s attack poodle— Jay Bush (@Jay Bush)1550441982.0
Graham's statement signifies his steadfast devotion to the unconventional president; however, past comments would indicate otherwise.
The South Carolina senator has bashed Trump on numerous occasions. While endorsing Jeb Bush in 2016 on MSNBC's Morning Joe Graham called Donald Trump "the most unelectable Republican I've seen in my lifetime."
In 2017, Graham told Fox News "I'm not going to try to get into the mind of Donald Trump because I don't think there's a whole lot of space there. I think he's a kook. He's crazy."
When Trump called on a U.S. ban against Muslims entering the country, Graham told CNN, "You know how you 'make America great' again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell."
The sudden about-face is jarring.
Graham 2.0, now seen snuggling up to Trump, will not win him any favors on the road to 2020. Or will he?