Sen Graham Calls for Kamala Harris Impeachment Over BLM Rioters Support
Senator says Democrats' impeachment attempts have set new precedent
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called for Kamala Harris to be impeached over her support for violent rioters involved in last year's Black Lives Matter riots.
Graham said the Democrats' second impeachment trial against President Donald Trump set such a bad precedent that House Republicans will impeach Harris when they retake the majority.
"If you use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody's head open," Graham told Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday.'
Senator Graham, a top Trump ally in the Senate, called the 45th president the "most potent force" in the Republican Party.
He suggested Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump would likely win retiring incumbent Sen. Richard Burr's seat in the 2022 North Carolina Republican Senate primary.
Burr voted in favor of Trump's conviction.
Graham said he objected to the speed at which the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, impeached Trump on the heels of the January 6 insurrection.
"He is the first president to ever be impeached without a lawyer, without a witness, without an ability to confront those against him and the trial record was a complete joke, hearsay upon hearsay and we've opened Pandora's box to future presidents," Graham said.
Graham said Democrats did this "because they hate his guts."
"This thing is turning into a nightmare for the presidency," the South Carolina Republican offered.
He pointed to Harris as someone equally impeachable because, on June 1, the then U.S. senator asked Americans to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund helps bail out violent rioters arrested during Black Lives Matter riots and looting.
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Since then, a number of reports have come out that said the Minnesota Freedom Fund helped release rape and murder subjects from jail while they were awaiting trial.
The organization's alleged aim is to release those awaiting trial "as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing."
"Democrats have sat on the sidelines and watched the country be burned down for a year and a half and hadn’t said a damn word and most Republicans are tired of the hypocrisy," Graham argued.
Graham was echoing Trump's defense lawyer Michael van der Veen, who suggested that Capitol rioters were actually inspired by the summer's Black Lives Matter violence.
"Many of the people who infiltrated the Capitol took pictures of themselves and posted them on social media," van der Veen pointed out.
"To some, it seems, they thought it was all a game.
"They apparently believe that violent mobs, destruction of property, rioting, assaulting police, and vandalizing historic treasures was somehow now acceptable in the United States.
"Where might they have gotten that idea?" the Trump lawyer mused.
"I would suggest to you that it was not from Mr. Trump.
"I submit to you that it was month after month of political leaders and media personalities, bloodthirsty for ratings, glorifying civil unrest and condemning the reasonable law enforcement measures that are required to quell violent mobs," van der Veen said.
Democratic House impeachment managers were trying to convince senators that Trump was directly responsible for inciting the insurrection on January 6.
They came 10 Republican votes shy of conviction.
Wallace asked Graham if he thought Trump bore any responsibility for the January 6 riot.
"No, in terms of law, no," the senator said.
The South Carolina senator then expressed that he believed Trump needed to stay central to the Republican Party.
Graham said he planned to go visit President Trump in Florida soon.