[WATCH] Lindsey Graham Thinks There’s No Racism in America Because Obama & Kamala
In the wake of several police shootings of Black Americans in the last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (Q-S.C.) said on Fox News Sunday that he does not believe systemic racism exists in law enforcement or other U.S. institutions despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Host Chris Wallace asked Graham point-blank whether or not he believes U.S. institutions are impacted by systemic racism, instead of describing racist incidents as the consequence of “bad actors.” Graham pointed to the election of former President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris as evidence of the fact that “America is not racist,”
Graham seemed to confuse Joe Biden with Obama, saying: “We just elected a two-term African American president … the vice president is of African American, Indian descent.”
Lindsey Graham doesn’t believe systemic racism exists, because that’s what racists believe. Have a nice Sunday.
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As for the Chauvin trial, Graham described the former cop’s conviction on murder charges for George Floyd’s death as the “just result,” but condemned what he described as an “attack on policing.”
Lindsey Graham doesn't think there's systemic racism. He does however believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
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“Reform the police yes, call them all racists no,” Graham said, adding: “Within every society, you have bad actors.”
Wallace: "Is there systemic racism in this country…?"
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "No, not in my opinion. We just elected a two-term African-American president, the vice president is of African-American-Indian dissent, so our systems are not racist. America is not a racist country." pic.twitter.com/YUd2ahgF87
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Graham conveniently overlooked his own legal troubles in Georgia, where he’s facing serious charges of election interference, and kept on going, saying he believes Congress can reach a bipartisan compromise on police reform if Democrats are willing to modify their call to end qualified immunity, a legal principle that protects police officers accused of violating the Constitution while on duty. “Qualified immunity is a problem,” Graham said. “It’s a pretty simple solution: Don’t sue the police officer, sue the department.”
Lindsey Graham says systemic racism isn't an issue in America because Barack Obama and Kamala Harris were elected pic.twitter.com/PqRdoeWmHW
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