Twitter Grills Lindsey Graham For Reversing Position On Trump’s Tariffs Against Mexico
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday evening his intention to impose trade tariffs on Mexico unless that country addressed immigration in a different way — and his favorite lawmaker in the Senate was ever-so-quick to support them, too, despite opposing similar proposals made by the president just two years ago.
Trump vowed to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexico “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” he wrote in a pair of tweets. He also promised to raise those tariffs incrementally as time went by if Mexico didn’t respond to them.
….at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) sent out a few tweets of his own on Thursday, shortly after Trump’s tweets were made, backing up the president’s message.
“I support President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Mexico until they up their game to help us with our border disaster,” Graham wrote.
I support President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Mexico until they up their game to help us with our border disaster.
The illegal flows from Central America must stop and Mexico needs to do more. https://t.co/0LwjGYdN6L
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 31, 2019
Graham, who has been an ardent supporter of Trump for some time now, wasn’t always of the mind that tariffs should be used, however. In fact, when Trump had proposed the same thing during the first month of his presidency, Graham took a hard stance against tariffs imposed on our southern border neighbor.
“Border security yes, tariffs no,” Graham wrote back then, according to a report from Raw Story. “Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth.”
Twitter users were fast to note the hypocrisy in Graham’s comments from before to today. Some questioned what had happened to him in the interim, why he changed his mind, and whether his late friend John McCain would approve of the sudden change and support of a president he had been frequently at odds with.
Can someone explain to me what happened to this Lindsey Graham fellow? https://t.co/1cQtK8BBeT
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 31, 2019
Oh .@LindseyGrahamSC what has happened to you? You still haven’t said anything about .realDonaldTrump insulting your friend John McCain in Japan … or said anything about Trump “in love” with the murderer Kim, who just executed his US negotiators. Oh Lindsey. Where are you?
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) May 31, 2019
Where is Lindsey’s tweet supporting Trump’s continued disrespect and attacks on a deceased war hero? McCain believed Lindsey was his friend and was very mistaken
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) May 31, 2019
What does Putin have on you, Lindsey? pic.twitter.com/vuzQtwKAYi
— Laura Sesana (@lasesana) May 31, 2019
Others were more critical of Graham’s choice, offering sarcastic surprise reactions and other observations about the senator’s change in behavior. They also questioned to what end would Graham be willing to change his views in order to placate the president in the years ahead.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) May 31, 2019
Lindsey Graham serves as a warning that if you’re slavishly power hungry enough you eventually treat whatever powerful person you’re sucking up to like they have a video of you getting peed on by Russian prostitutes.
— Erin USS Adult Baby Ryan (@morninggloria) May 31, 2019
Lindsey Graham is a broken man https://t.co/hpZu4yIZou
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 31, 2019
If Trump changed his mind on abortion and became pro-choice again, @LindseyGrahamSC would introduce a bill to make abortions compulsory and would volunteer to perform them himself. https://t.co/dP7WOqUAFV
— "CRAZY" Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) May 31, 2019
You support someone who is destroying our country. Nice. pic.twitter.com/lCOhN9HjhL
— Jamie O'Brien (@jamieob256) May 31, 2019
Some users also noted that Graham faces a stronger challenge to his Senate seat in 2020, when he’s up for re-election. As reported earlier this week by HillReporter.com, Jaime Harrison, Associate Chair at the Democratic National Committee, announced his candidacy to run against Graham in the next election.
Harrison’s announcement was met with a stunning reaction from donors, as he was able to rack up more than a quarter of a million dollars within the first 24 hours of announcing his run. “And our average contribution is only $29!” Harrison added in a tweet announcing his successes so far.
Wow. In the 24 hours since we launched this campaign we have raised $270,000 — and our average contribution is only $29! I'm feeling blessed, humbled, & excited by your trust. Now let's keep it up and #SendLindseyHome!
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) May 30, 2019