Graham’s Sale of His Soul to Trump is Now Complete

Graham’s Sale of His Soul to Trump is Now Complete November 9, 2018

During the campaign and for the first year or so of Trump’s administration, Lindsey Graham was one of his loudest critics, often criticizing him in unusually strong terms. But in 2018, he sold his soul to Trump and that sale is now complete with the firing of Jeff Sessions. Let’s set the wayback machine:

Back in the far more innocent time of summer 2017, when President Trump was still relatively new in his job, and his relationship with much of the Republican party was still rocky, Graham delivered a stern warning about what would happen should Trump fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions or interfere with the Mueller investigation. “If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay,” he said. “Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.”…

You might think that Graham would be hopping mad about this state of affairs. He’s not. In recent months, Graham has changed his tune on Sessions, predicting he would step down after the midterms, and suggesting this week that we would have a new attorney general by early 2019.

Graham’s flip-flop is illustrative. When the senator issued his warning last year, Trump was still an unknown quantity, on the outs with much of the Republican establishment. Graham, meanwhile, was a vocal critic. Today, the Republican party is the party of Trump in nearly every way, and Graham has warmed up to the president. There will be no hell to pay, no threat to Trump’s presidency, because Graham has come around. He has taken Trump’s side…

These are just a few of the signs of how thoroughly Trump has taken over the GOP, and how little pushback he’s likely to receive from Republicans, even for acts that those same GOP lawmakers would have deemed unacceptable, and perhaps worthy of impeachment, a little more than a year ago (and certainly if they’d been carried out by President Obama). The party’s total embrace of Trump and his approach to politics has been both rapid and remarkable.

He has bullied the whole bunch of spineless Republicans in Congress into submission. That much is painfully obvious. They are putting their own political interests ahead of the country and are now accomplices to the utter destruction of the rule of law in this country.

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