'They're breaking democracy': Lindsey Graham slammed for declaring Supreme Court ‘will decide’ who wins election
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is facing new outrage from voters across the country for yet another comment he made that’s causing concern.
Fresh off the heels of him promising – repeatedly – to not take up the nomination of any Supreme Court justice in an election year, and then reneging on that promise, remarks the embattled South Carolina Senator made on Fox News are being seen as a threat to the American democracy.
“I promise you as a Republican, if the Supreme Court decides that Joe Biden wins, I will accept the result,” Graham said on Fox News. His remarks were also published by The New York Times.
“The court will decide, and if Republicans lose, we’ll accept the result.”
It’s that part, claiming that the election will be decided by the court and not by the voters, that is causing concern and anger.
Graham, according to a Fox News producer, repeated his claim that the Supreme Court – not the voters – will decide who wins the presidency:
Sen. Lindsey Graham at the Judiciary Committee Business Meeting: As a Republican, I am ready to accept any decision… https://t.co/HULugUpG3y— Jason Donner (@Jason Donner)1600957945.0
President Donald Trump has made clear he will contest the results of the November election if he loses.
It's not even election day and Trump is clearly signaling he'll be contesting the results https://t.co/J4pEHPL3cS— David Lazarus (@David Lazarus)1600894566.0
He also this week repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power, effectively threatening a violent coup.
By doing so some of his supporters now believe the Supreme Court is supposed to decide the outcome of the presidential election. It is not.
Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Trump are working to normalize the nation’s top court deciding who wins the presidency, a move extremely dangerous to democracy.
Here’s how some are reacting to Graham’s remarks.
this is insane, Graham just casually shredding any notion that 'voters' or 'the people' are the relevant body… https://t.co/e4nZxMkak7— Taniel (@Taniel)1601011590.0
If this doesn’t sound scary, something is wrong with you. https://t.co/3KcMPlHRHT— nihar (@nihar)1601036255.0
The VOTERS will decide... not the court!! https://t.co/aBXgdJn5cT— Cassandra Bonhoeffer (@Cassandra Bonhoeffer)1601015594.0
Notable "the Court will decide" language esp. given the plans for the Senate to decide on the Court. https://t.co/02OOuG1xx3— Derek Wallbank (@Derek Wallbank)1600952187.0
@LindseyGrahamSC said “The court will decide, and if Republicans lose, we’ll accept the result.” What happened to T… https://t.co/LnWdXiQWwA— moonSine (@moonSine)1601034112.0
So the Court is deciding this election, not the voters. Just so we're clear how positively fucked we are. https://t.co/UALX8DccEE— Mindi (@Mindi)1601037445.0
"The court will decide." Yeah, fuck the voters. Y'all openly admitting this is going straight to the rigging. https://t.co/TVldy0Hr5i— The Mack Who Stole the World (@The Mack Who Stole the World)1601026648.0
why would the court decide....unless you want the court to decide? https://t.co/eGPjGYRSZz— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1600960453.0
@atrupar "Now we may have litigation about who won the election, but the court will decide, and if Republicans lose… https://t.co/JMp28p0Rry— (Social) Liberal Leigh 🕷️ 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 #FBPE 🔶 (@(Social) Liberal Leigh 🕷️ 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 #FBPE 🔶)1600955904.0
"The court will decide." The court, whose ninth seat they are now planning to fill with unseemly haste, explicitly… https://t.co/7cp0o6BBdY— Tang (@Tang)1600999918.0
@jaketapper Sure, Jake. And just exactly what message are they sending? I personally was particularly taken aback b… https://t.co/KEBmME8mUi— Alice Millard (@Alice Millard)1600982225.0
@jslovegrove @LindseyGrahamSC The COURT will decide? The VOTERS will decide.— Steve Zorowitz #VOTE (@Steve Zorowitz #VOTE)1600952193.0
The court will decide? And they are actually saying this out loud as the justification for rushing a nomination? https://t.co/3CVimf4rTs— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden)1600954715.0
So even @LindseyGrahamSC KNOWS when he needs to ram a SCOTUS judge into the bench... He JUST admitted that he'll "a… https://t.co/O3GqS7IRiL— Kimberly Beller (@Kimberly Beller)1600970758.0