Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threw any promise of decorum by Senate Republicans during hearings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson out the window on Tuesday by throwing a temper tantrum like a toddler.
Judge Jackson is an advocate for justice for Guantanamo Bay detainees who continue to languish in the military prison without a trial. There’s nothing wrong with supporting due process and civil rights, yet Graham railed against her advocacy with lies that drew a fact-check from Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
As Durbin called him out, Graham flipped out and began shouting over him in a rant ill-befitting a Senate hearing.
“The system failed miserably and advocates to change this system like [this nominee] was advocating would destroy our ability to protect this country!” Graham claimed.
“We’re at war, we’re not fighting crime! This is not some passage of time event,” Graham continued. “As long as they’re dangerous, I hope they all die in jail if they’re going to go back to kill Americans. It won’t bother me one bit if 39 of them die in prison. That’s a better outcome than letting them go and if it cost $500 million to keep them in jail, keep them in jail because they’ll go back to the fight. Look at the freaking Afghan government made up of former detainees at Gitmo. This whole thing by the left about this war ain’t working.”
Graham then stormed out of the hearing.
Here’s the video via YouTube:
In fact, we are no longer at war in Afghanistan or Iraq. Some of the detainees may be guilty, but until they get a fair trial and are found guilty in a court of law their human rights are being violated every day. Many of these detainees were also tortured. Furthermore, Graham’s complaint about the current Afghan government means we can once again point out that Graham’s buddy Donald Trump handed that government to the Taliban by freeing Taliban leaders and thousands of Taliban fighters in 2020.
Despite announcing that they would behave during these hearings, Senate Republicans were quick to turn the whole thing into a circus where they act like petulant toddlers and spew lies in an attempt to smear the nominee, who is more qualified to serve on the high court than any conservative currently on the bench.
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