Fox News host Tucker Carlson says he’s done with pretending that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is actually a Republican, and he’s urging GOP candidates running in the 2022 midterm elections to “make fun of Lindsey Graham” if they want to win.
Carlson noted that results in recent special election “swing districts” suggest the long-predicted “red wave” that would hand control of Congress to Republicans, may be fading:
“In a special election last week in New York’s 19th congressional district, Democrat Pat Ryan beat Republican Marc Molinaro. Now, in a red wave year, you would’ve thought the opposite would happen. And this was a very tight district. This district went to Joe Biden by a point and a half in the last election.”
The Fox host then shifted to other districts where Democratic candidates outperformed President Joe Biden’s numbers in 2022:
“There’s evidence that the Republican Party may be at fault by alienating its own voters and not getting them to the polls,” Carlson continued. He noted that earlier this year, Molinaro, a county executive in upstate New York, ordered a county office building illuminated with Ukraine’s colors to express solidarity as Russian began its invasion of the country.
“They’re Ukraine’s colors,” Carlson explained. “Right, as if his voters care. That’s the message that Molinaro, as executive director of Duchess County, New York sent to voters.”
And then came the first mention of Graham:
“This same candidate also sent fundraising e-mails to voters in upstate New York calling for more aggression against Russia. ‘Biden is weak on Putin!’ Molinaro wrote. Right. So does sounding like Lindsey Graham actually work?”
After airing a clip of the South Carolina senator encouraging the U.S. to send military aid to Russia so they can repel Russia’s invasion, Carlson said Republicans need to repeatedly attack Graham if they want to win:
“Ok, so just to be clear to Republican candidates. That was Lindsey Graham. Your job is to make fun of Lindsey Graham and to disavow Lindsey Graham. Your job is not to emulate Lindsey Graham and steal his talking points. And if you do emulate Lindsey Graham and steal his talking points, you will lose. And the losing candidates did just that.”