He began the announcement with a humble, unifying message that wasn’t of his standard theme. “I intend to be president not of a single party, but of a nation,” he said from his rural hometown of Central, South Carolina. He promised a clean and centrist campaign, too, giving credit to “family, friends, neighbors, and my faith.”
But Graham quickly turned the theme of his announcement to one most of us expected: Fear.
ISIS! Al Qaeda! “We will kill you,” he said.
“I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race,” Graham preached, warning of danger and death and demise of our democracy unless he, his holy hickness, gets to the White House.
And today’s fearmongering was only a glimpse of the kind of crap we ordinarily hear from Graham, so don’t let today’s mom-and-pop-and-apple-pie intro fool you. Check out this brief sample of Graham’s bizarre comments that are much more indicative of the kind of guy he really is.
Graham’s a fearmongering fool.
I am running because I think the world is falling apart.
(May 18, 2015 (CBS)
The world is literally about to blow up.
Jan. 29, 2014 (Huffington Post)
ISIS, ISIL – whatever you want to call these guys – they are coming here! […] Do you really want to let America be attacked?
Aug. 10, 2014 (Fox News)
Radical Islamic terrorists want to kill us.
August 2014 mailing to South Carolina voters:
The next 9/11 is in the making.
June 15, 2014 (CNN)
(Persons of the Islamic faith) want to destroy us and our way of life.
Jan. 28, 2015 (Security Through Strength)
Everything I learned about Iranians I learned working in the pool room. I met a lot of liars, and I know Iranians are liars.
May 22, 2015 (BBC)
(The Republican Party is) not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long run.
Aug. 29, 2012 (Washington Post)
Graham is a sexist (or at least pretends to be one).
(Trying to prevent military sexual assault) is a political cause going out of control.
Dec. 11, 2014 (Huffington Post)
I’m trying to help you with your tax status. I’m sorry the government’s so f**ked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.
Oct. 29, 2014 (CNN)
I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem of rape.
Jan. 22, 2015 (Talking Points Memo)
What is the legal difference between a state — a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?
Jan. 28, 2015 (Huffington Post)
He’s Big Brother.
Is any blogger out there saying anything? Do they deserve First Amendment protection?
May 20, 2013 (Columbia Free-Times)
Graham’s an idiot, too, apparently.
You’re going to need people from outside this country to fill the workforce.
Aug. 7, 2014 (Post & Courier)
And, of course, Graham is a typical money-sucking, corporate-kissing Republican.
It’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally. […] It’s a game we play.
July 10, 2012 (Huffington Post)
I just think oil subsidies have to be part of a bigger package.
May 16, 2011 (Talking Points Memo)
These trademark statements, even those of the fear mongering variety, won’t be of any aid to Graham’s presidential campaign, though. He has only a 19-percent approval rating from likely GOP voters, according to the most recent poll. Graham isn’t highly regarded by Republicans in his home state of South Carolina, either. In a recent Winthrop poll, Graham finished eighth, and a majority (52.6 percent) said they won’t consider voting for him in the upcoming primary election in February 2016.
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