Sometimes when you get too comfortable, you say things that were meant for a certain audience. Your tongue gets a little too loose and your fraternizing gives way to frankness.
Senator Lindsay Graham probably knows this all too well when he was a part of the committee overseeing the confirming hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and conservative who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
You may recall that Barrett’s nomination by President Trump to this prestigious seat was due to the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And to have a conservative replace a liberal on the Supreme Court would only be welcome news for the Republicans.
At this Supreme Court confirmation, Senator Graham asked Barrett, “One of the reasons you can say with confidence that you think Brown v. the Board of Education is super-precedent is that you are not aware of any effort to go back to the good ole days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?”
To me, even if Senator Graham’s comment was “deep sarcasm” as he would later say in his defense, it is wickedly tone deaf, don’t you think?
You’re overseeing the potential appointment to the Supreme Court. It’s been a year of racial tension in a decade of racial tension in a century of racial tension. Not to mention that during a candidate forum for South Carolina Senate candidates, he said… well, I’ll just quote him.
“I care about everybody. If you’re a young African American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state. You just need to be conservative, not liberal.”
And if all of this wasn’t bad enough, who is his opponent to his seat on the Senate? Jaime Harrison, a black man. Jaime Harrison, who just raised $57 million, no doubt funded largely by liberals.
The fact of the matter is, if Graham was just kidding around, I suggest he workshops his jokes. Go to a comedy club and iron out the kinks. Meet up with another comedians and get some notes. Read the room.
Or just stop making jokes and sarcastic remarks altogether.
Graham has a 6-point lead over Harrison but maybe he’s feeling the heat because winning South Carolina should be a landslide victory for the Republicans as it has been for decades.
He may also be nervous because 91% of the time, the candidate who gets the most funding tends to win their election.
Harrison spoke to CNN and reminded us all that in 2018, Graham supported fellow Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Mississippi senator despite a comment she made in support of one of her supporters that “if he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Politicians really need to stop trying to be funny. Or is it that they need to stop being honest? You know what, I don’t mind the honesty. We rarely get to witness it anyway. Now we know the truth.
Google, Wal-Mart and a bunch of other companies understandably wanted refunds from Hyde-Smith’s campaign in 2018 when she was running to maintain her senate seat against Democrat Mike Epsy, a black man.
History really does repeat itself, doesn’t it? Let’s see to what extent because Hyde-Smith successfully defended her seat. Graham may do the same.
Ultimately, I don’t know if these comments from Senator Graham are a sign of chutzpah or self-sabotage.
What I do know is that the comments are embarrassing, insensitive and inappropriate. Rather than excusing his behavior, he should just apologize.
What I also know is that whatever side of the political line you’re on, please go out and vote.