Sen. Lindsey Graham on the Dissention in the Republican Party over Building a Border Wall

Once a vocal critic of President Trump, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has become one of his staunchest supporters. So much so that he recently warned his fellow Republicans to get behind the President or they will continue losing to Democrats.

Speaking on Fox News Channel’s “The Story” he urged his Republican congressional colleagues to quit making an issue out of the President’s desire to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency.

Graham said he preferred Congress come to an agreement, but he sees no way that might happen. The South Carolina Senator faulted Democrats for their unwillingness to compromise making such a move perfectly legal. He argued that Trump need not declare a national emergency or invoke executive privilege to do an end around stonewalling Democrats.

“What’s the difference between a soldier being sent to secure the border and a soldier being sent to put up a barrier to secure the border?” asked Graham. He then asserted, “Legally none.”

He again reminded both Democrats and Republicans the best way to get a wall built is to work together but Nancy Pelosi isn’t giving her party “much space” to make cooperation possible.

Graham made his strongest affirmation of Trump’s authority yet when he added: “if I were the president, what I would do is use the power of commander-in-chief to go down to the border, and not just send troops, but actually to erect barriers.”

Addressing a political gathering in his home state that same day, Graham warned that a “war within the Republican Party” might be imminent over Trump’s border wall.

The revolt within the Republican Party Graham is referring to is likely between fellow Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), John Cornyn (R-TX) and President Trump.

Rubio has said publicly that a declaration of a national emergency is a “terrible idea” that he would oppose.

Cornyn of said last month that to “give the president authority” to decide on the wall “all by himself would … stretch constitutional boundaries.”

Senate Majority Leader McConnell is reported to be concerned about dissension in GOP ranks. Insiders say he warned the President privately last Friday that declaring an emergency might trigger a GOP revolt.

Pundits have taken Graham’s remarks to refer to the possibility of the President declaring a national emergency. Considering his remarks on Fox, he may have been echoing mounting voices that say President Trump doesn’t need a formal declaration to build the wall.

The military already has full warrant to protect our borders at the discretion of the Commander-in-Chief. For that to happen, Graham said, “It seems to me that [Trump] is going to have to go it alone.”

The New York Times asked last November: What Happened to Lindsey Graham? He’s Become a Conservative ‘Rock Star.’ The liberal paper guessed at several complicated reasons. But in an interview, Graham replied to the NYT bluntly, “I stepped up, and I’m getting rewarded for it by conservatives, and liberals are all upset.”

Like anyone who sides with President Trump, Graham is no longer the darling of centrists on both sides of the aisle. Before the Times report, former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted, “The fall of Lindsey Graham into the dark Trumpian pit of demagoguery, division and incitement is complete.”

Schmidt’s distaste for Graham probably came from the Senator’s defining moment during the contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearing for the future Justice Kavanaugh.

Who could forget Graham’s gentile southern charm morphing into a good old-fashioned tongue lashing? “Boy,” he snarled, “you all want power — God, I hope you never get it.”

In a private call to Graham, President Trump said, “Wow! Remind me not to make you mad.”

Newt Gingrich was later to say, “Mr. Graham became “a national figure for conservatives overnight.”

Todd Graves, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, agreed, “Aside from the president or vice president he’s probably the strongest draw that we could get.”

No moment better illustrated, Graham’s decision to stand behind President Trump that when he hammered now ousted Senator Claire McCaskill (Rep – MO) saying, “When Obama needed her, [she] was always there. When Trump needs her? AWOL.”

Though conservatives have disagreed with Graham on many issues, none question his love for this country. Perhaps that is why he and Trump now make up such a formidable team. Kudos to Graham for reminding his party, who was elected to be President and who was not.

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53 Responses

  1. Glad Lindsey finally grew a brain and a set! Now if only the rest of the alleged Republicans would follow suit. Don’t be scared guys!!

    1. Thank you senator, for a time there we thought you were loosing it along with our support. The president and the party need you now, more than ever. The wall needs to be built, Pelosi needs to be gone and the President needs our support on this matter.

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  2. I will stay totally firm on my supporting of Donald Trump and Lindsay Graham. They are the path to good sense and our freedom.

  3. I am 100% behind my president and the rest of Republicans had better be too.

  4. Praise God for opening the eyes of Lindsey Graham! He is absolutely right to back the President. I love my country, family and freedom. The Republicans need to ban together and get the wall built or there will be no freedom and no Security for all legal Americans! We need the wall, our freedom and most of all stop the killings,rape, sex trafficking and the drugs! We do not need Socialism and elected officials to a government position to advance their socialist agendas in the land of the free!

    1. Your eloquence, sincerity and accuracy are unparalled.

  5. The reason the Democrats are winning is because of their unity, they stand together, a united front, the Republicans see all this disarray, no single front, bickering between each other, either pull your heads out of your ass or get your ass handed to you on election night, oh and voter fraud needs to be addressed or the Republicans will lose, ballot harvesting in California will be very hard to beat honestly, the proven voter fraud needs to be addressed

  6. Sen. Lindsey Graham is correct, unfortunately. A far better outcome would be to replace the demonrats with conservatives. Notice I did not say Republicans. I firmly believe their is only one side of this coin. Both the Republicans and demonrats are on the same side. When the reps have both houses and the executive branch, STILL nothing gets done, gov gets bigger, etc. The Freedom Caucus is the only way to go, for me. Both Reps and dems are chock-full of CFR members.

  7. I am so Thankful for Senator Graham. For a long time it seemed that McCain had him under his thumb… Thank God that is over and he has become his own man.. GO GRAHAM!!

  8. IF the dem don’t won’t to give us money for the wall then we should just start shooting them when they cross the border and I bet that will stop them. don’t wont to sound mean but go to do something

  9. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  10. Thanks senator Graham thank you for your loyalty to the United States and the American citizens and their families.

  11. I am thankful that your best friend is not here to see what you are doing with that idiot.

  12. If the Republicans don’t wake up and ask for God’s help, we can kiss this country good-bye God is still in control, and if you don’t believe that we are in Big trouble.
    2Chronicles 7:14—If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.

  13. America people have been so dumb down they will give away their freedoms and safety for stupidity. President needs to cut funding to all states that protect illegals and criminals. There is the money for the wall. Democrats want no wall for votes. Democrat party has become anti-American full with nazi. Hillary votes nazis. Obama loves Muslims. There is your traitors to America.

  14. Darn it, we elected republicans in 2016 to do what they said they would do. And in 2 years they did absolutely nothing that they promised but did put forth efforts on the Tax & Jobs, and some of the other outlying things that the President pushed. But for doing anything for US they were still under the impression that the Dems were in charge, until they did just that in 2018. Now they have an excuse for doing nothing again. NRCC find us some candidates for 2020 that will actually do what they say, do not have any toes in the swamp, and make sure each and every one of them are investigated back to When the earth was Void, so there are no surprises when they have been in office 40 years. Want list: Term limits so no one CAN be in any office on the Hill for more that 6 years: Get the Government out of our personal business unless it is an American threat; Destablish about 150 departments each year until the total Government is the size of the House Chamber: then do what it is supposed to Protect the American People. Wouldn’t be a zinger?

  15. Why is it moral to spend 250,000,000.000 that is (billion of)taxpayer funds to support illegals, and immoral to spend 5,800,000,000 to build a wall to keep illegals out. Will someone please help me understand the Democrats position? Thank you.

  16. To be honest, I’m quite shocked that any of the “New World Democrats, Millenials, and Liberals” even know how to start a car or operate a microwave.
    Even Lindsey Graham just made some sense. The question is why? After all this time, why?

  17. I think it is about time Mitch McConnel stands up in support of our President. If the Congress can not reach a decision to get the job done. I would be in favor of the President declaring a state of emergency direct the Army Coup of Engineers to the border and get that wall built ASAP . ICE resources to hold illegal detainees to remain unchanged. Problem solved.

    How get off the pot and get this budget problem fixed. I think that is what you were sent there to do both Democrat and Republican. It is about time the people see some results.

  18. Wading across the river, climbing over a fence or wall, digging a tunnel, etc, is or should be considered “breaking and entering”. If someone breaks into your home or business they assume personal injury. For some reason, many Congressman and Senators, a great majority who are attorneys, don’t seem to get this. However, if you knock or ring the doorbell, that’s different. Apply for asylum or residency at the nearest American Embassy or Consulate like my wife did.

  19. Graham has not changed his colors just his direction . The stopping the shutdown for the 3 weeks was his idea . Stupid idea . One never gives up a strategic stand to those who are out to destroy you. And he knew it was one thing that would get rid of Trumps supporters . Because they would see it has a cop out. And they know Trump supporters are his base . And Barr is his idea as well . The 30 year best friend of Mueller. Barr is a gun confiscation guy as well . And was the DOJ for Poppy Bush . And for the entire term of Obama Graham was up the rear giving Obama what he wanted . And for the past 2 years he has done nothing but obstructed Trump . Graham also is a amnesty guy . Saying many times on his campaign trail. America was in decline and we needed the over 60 million who are already here and arriving daily Americans could have children if you people stop burdening us with the entire upkeep of the world. And Graham voted for the 2 female Supreme Court judges that are Obama’s socialists. And the reckless Omnibus bill. And for laws killing Americans not illegals , I pray our President follows his own instinct and shuts the government down until we get that wall and the border patrol actually uses those guns to stop the invaders?And the military uses something besides a baton to stop the invasions It’s high time South Carolina got rid of this republican Pelosi .

  20. It’s time to send in the Sea-Bees. I served in the 70’s, and this is just the kind of project that they would be proud to complete.
    Can-Do! Go Sea-Bees!!

  21. I commend Senator Lindsey for his support for the President’s Build the Wall and other agenda. It is not only good for the Conservative and party line, but good for the whole country the USA. Go, Go Senator Lindsey God will bless you more!!! God Bless America… God Bless My President, MAGA!!!

  22. McConnell is a RinoAnd so are Rubio and Cornyn. Cornyn put on a show everynow and again then flops back across the isle. He can’t be trusted anymore than the other two. Graham must hve got some new Meds or Drugs. I still don’t trust the Weasel and wouldn’t turn my back on him for a second.

  23. I have often wondered if McCain had some sort of “dirt” on Graham to keep him in line with McCains’ view of things-ever since McCain passed away Graham has been a different kind of Senator (almost like the guy originally elected by SC). Now i wonder what happened to Marco Rubio-he seems to have changed-perhaps he is holding a personal grudge against Trump due to the pisssing contest they had during the primaries?? Has anyone noticed how Ted Cruz has also been acting lately (more of a Trump guy than not-and Trump certainly did not treat him very well in the primaries-so Cruz got over it and Rubio hasn’t!

  24. I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I do know the last six presidents have used their power to declare emergencies about 50 times and about 25 of them are officially still in force. Of those, most are for much less emergent situations than the current one. Graham is right to back the president and Rubio, Cornyn, and McConnell are wrong regarding building physical barriers to protect large portions of the border. No one has suggested that a wall would be the be-all and end-all. It would simply channel most of the drug runners and sex traffickers into smaller areas that can more easily be patrolled by border control. Congress’s failure to provide adequate funding is a stain on Congress Men and Women and hopefully will come back to haunt them in 2020 and future elections.

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  26. As for the comment made that Lindsey Graham’s best friend, meaning John McCain would be upset that Graham is supporting our President Donald J. Trump. As far as I am concerned, John McCain
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    Obama. He did more to destroy our country than any other President in the history of the Great United Stayes. It was pathetic that McCain made such a big production of not inviting President to his funeral. It was probably a relief that to have to sit through the boring service. McCain was not a hero. What was it they say about him singing like a bird when he was in captivity. I voted for McCain, but I regret it now. I also regret voting for Mitt Romney, who has been a hypocrite, too.

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