In the moments after President Joe Biden concluded his speech commemorating the one-year anniversary of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham leapt at the chance to offer his own response.
“What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden,” tweeted Graham. “I wonder if the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan with al-Qaeda elements present, contrary to President Biden’s beliefs, are allowing this speech to be carried?”
In case you forgot — as Graham appears to — what happened on January 6 was this:
1) A large number of people came to Washington for a “Stop the Steal” rally heavily promoted by then-President Donald Trump in support of his false contention that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
2) Addressing the crowd that day, Trump said this: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
3) Some portion of that crowd marched to the US Capitol, stormed the building — vandalizing and terrorizing as they went.
The January riot then was clearly political from the very start — a mob fed lies and egged on by the then-President of the United States.
Know who knew that? January 6, 2021 Lindsey Graham.
“Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way,” Graham said on the Senate floor on the night of January 6, 2021. “Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he’s been a consequential President, but today, first thing you’ll see. All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough.”
Know who else? January 7, 2021 Lindsey Graham.
“As to yesterday, it breaks my heart, that my friend, a President of a consequence, were to allow yesterday to happen,” Graham said at a press conference. “And it will be a major part of his presidency. It was a self-inflicted wound. It was going too far.”
Graham was so exercised by Trump’s action on January 6 that he declared that their time together was over. On the following day, Graham acknowledged that Trump bore responsibility for the chaos at the Capitol.
But now, a year later, suddenly Graham is bashing Biden for making January 6 political?
What changed? Nothing. In fact, if anything, what we’ve learned over the last year about January 6 and the run-up to it, has made it even more clear how deeply involved the White House was in priming the pump for an attempted overthrow of democracy when the Electoral College votes were counted on January 6.
All Graham is doing with this tweet is virtue signaling to Trump. See, I’m still loyal! I have your back!
Sorry, Senator. This one just doesn’t pass the smell test.