Amid the furor over President Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about U.S. troops captured or killed in action, in which he described them as “suckers” and “losers,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Saturday praised Trump for “saving” a military publication while ignoring the president’s demeaning remarks.
As Politico pointed out on Saturday, “Republican lawmakers have largely avoided making any public statements criticizing Trump over his comments.” So it’s surprising to see Graham ignore the president’s smearing of U.S. military personnel.
In fact, Graham, who served in both the Air Force and the Air Force Reserve and received a Bronze Star, decided to take time out from his busy schedule to praise the president on Twitter for not defunding the military magazine “Stars & Stripes” while avoiding to condemn the president’s highly controversial remarks.
Graham’s tweet was met with an avalanche of negative responses, with many pointing out that “Trump was behind the defunding of Stars and Stripes.”
Glad to see that President @realDonaldTrump objects to the Pentagon's decision to defund Stars and Stripes, a valuable publication for military members and their families.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 5, 2020
His own budget cut it. Trump is trying to play damage control. It ain't working!
— Ladyliberty2034 (@ladyliberty2034) September 5, 2020
LadyG you should tell US what Trump has on you. He’s going to take you down. pic.twitter.com/E3nZf5zgml
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) September 5, 2020
— Putin's Clown Prince (@putinsclown) September 5, 2020
You know that Trump was behind the defunding of Stars and Stripes. But he can’t afford any more military problems, so he stopped the defunding. Grow up, Lindsey. Be the person John McCain would expect you to be.
— MNM (@MNM73682560) September 5, 2020
Trump TOLD THEM to defund it & then got caught.
So he lies
Wonder what number lie that was 20,000+ since in office!
Cut & Run Trump#BunkerBoyTrump #CadetBoneSpurs #GOPCorruptionOverCountry #VoteBlueLikeYourLifeDependsOnIt pic.twitter.com/DeePTxTSvc
— Didi (@nbkdsm2) September 5, 2020
Trump's been trying to defund & shut it down since he took office & recently ordered a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15 including "specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.”
He only changed his mind because it became public!
— Arnold Ziffell (@ArnoldZiffell9) September 5, 2020
He ordered them to defund it in the first place.
Anything else you'd like to say? pic.twitter.com/pNXt7z9Gt7
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) September 5, 2020
Oh thank god Lindsey Graham is going to say something about Trump calling the military suckers and losers. Wait. Was that it?
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) September 5, 2020
Oh give it a rest, Lindsey. It’s far too late for you to pretend to care about the military now. You have dishonored every single member, but especially John McCain, by your silence during Trump’s rantings.
— Mama_C2 (@mama_c2) September 5, 2020
— ✨𝓑𝓮𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓮𝓑.🌊🌊🌊 (@3SidecarsPlz) September 5, 2020