Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is flirting with the idea of running for president, participated in a forum in New Hampshire a few days ago in which he said that his first act as president would be to use the military to imprison Congress at the capitol until they voted the way he wanted them to vote:
Republican senator and presidential maybe-hopeful Lindsey Graham stopped by the “politics and pies” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, today, where he announced that if he is elected president in 2016, his first act will be to deploy the military in Washington to force Congress to reverse cuts to the defense and intelligence budgets.
Yes, you heard that right. Here are Graham’s exact words:
And here’s the first thing I would do if I were president of the United States. I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.
Graham would use the military to force members of Congress to not just vote on the bill — but to pass it. Graham didn’t say “until I get an up-or-down vote on restoring defense cuts.” He said “until we restore these defense cuts.”
In other words, Graham is proposing that his first act as president would be to use the military to force the legislative branch to pass his agenda.
As Vox noted, “There is no universe in which this is remotely legal behavior.” It’s hard to imagine a more blatantly unconstitutional act than that.