Critics slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Thursday night and Friday morning after calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin – with even some of his fellow Republicans calling the embassy “unhinged” and Russia’s ambassador in Washington “unacceptable.” “ Designated and outrageous.”
“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful one? Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? This can only end if someone in Russia takes out this guy.” Graham tweeted. “You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.”
“The only people who can fix this are the Russians,” Graham added in a second post. “Easier said than done. If you don’t want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty and live in darkness, you have to put yourself at the top.”
Graham’s first post referred to Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a suitcase bomb on July 21, 1944, during a Nazi war council.
Stauffenberg was among a clique of German officers who believed that Hitler’s death would allow them to seize power and negotiate a separate peace with the Western Allies, ending World War II before Germany could be occupied by the Soviet Union. Hitler survived the blast and more than 5,000 people, including Stauffenberg, were executed in retaliation.
Russian envoy Anatoly Antonov responded to Graham in a statement early Friday, saying: “The extent of Russophobia and hatred of Russia in the United States is immeasurable. It is impossible to believe that a senator from a country that promotes its moral values as the “beacon” for all mankind could afford to incite terrorism to further Washington’s goals on the international stage.
“It’s getting scary for the fate of the US being run by such irresponsible and unprofessional politicians,” Antonov added. “We demand official explanations and a strong condemnation of this American’s criminal statements.”
It wasn’t long before critics on both sides of the aisle slammed the South Carolina Republican, including far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
“While we all pray for peace and for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous and out of control,” she said Posted. “We need leaders with calm minds and enduring wisdom. No bloodthirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet harshly by calling for assassination. Americans don’t want war.”
Graham’s Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called Graham’s proposal “an extraordinarily bad idea.”
“Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil and gas industry; and provide military assistance to help Ukrainians defend themselves,” he said called. “But we should not call for the assassination of heads of state.”
“When has Sen. Graham ever ended badly to promote regime change?” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweetedReferring to Graham’s vote when he was a member of the House of Representatives to support authorizing the use of military force in Iraq in 2002.
Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) simply called“Seriously, wtf?”
The candidates in this year’s midterm elections also took the opportunity to beat Graham.
‘Remove Graham from his committees. He tweets about the assassination of heads of state and the provocation of WW3.” called Trump-backed Republican Joe Kent challenging incumbent GOP Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington state’s 3rd congressional district.
“Or is that just for reps tweet the cartoons or had a spicy Facebook post before you were an elected official?” Kent added, referring to the House of Representatives’ disciplinary action against Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
“Remove this man from office and call special elections! Advocating the assassination of the president of another county is not only highly inappropriate, it puts American lives at risk.” wrote GOP Senate candidate Tim Swain introducing incumbent Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Hundreds of other Twitter users also joined the criticism.
“Are you trying to escalate?” asked Norm Eisen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Now Putin can say: ‘One of the highest-ranking US senators demanded my assassination.’ Why do you want to help him? This war is driving some who know better insane.”
“It won’t be long before Russia uses this tweet for propaganda…” wrote Stand for America’s Kassy Dillon.
“You are a deranged neocon and should be censured for that tweet.” called Digital strategist Greg Price.
Graham doubled down on his statement during an interview with Fox & Friends on Friday, once calling for a “Russian Spring.”
“If he continues to be your leader, he will make you complicit in war crimes,” the senator said, addressing the Russian people. “You are a good people, you will never have a future, you will be isolated from the world and live in abject poverty.
“So I hope someone in Russia understands that they are destroying Russia and you need to take this guy out by any means necessary.”
When asked to respond to Antonov’s testimony, Graham replied, “Mr. Ambassador, you support a war criminal in Putin. Your country is involved in war crimes before the whole world. They bomb innocent civilians with prohibited ammunition. You and your country have a record of barrel bombs being dropped in Syria. They destroyed Chechnya through massive war crimes. They commit war crimes in Ukraine. You need to apologize to the world for how Putin blindly stole your country, for how you are dismembering a neighboring democracy called Ukraine, for how you are killing innocent men, women and children… You, my friend, are the one who needs to apologize and when it comes to Putin, he should go to jail.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/lindsey-graham-doubles-down-on-vladimir-putin-assassination-call/ Lindsey Graham steps up assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin