‘He’s the slimiest’: Bannon blasts ‘serpent’ Lindsey Graham over his latest Ukraine angle

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a neo-con who never met a military conflict that he didn’t love, came up with a new reason to continue pouring billions of dollars into Ukraine to prop up its war with Russia instead of seeking peace talks to bring the conflict to an end.

Graham appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation over the weekend and cited Ukraine’s “critical mineral assets” as a reason to keep funding the war, and this sent former Trump adviser Steve Bannon into a rage.

“Whoa. You notice this new argument? It’s just like the illegal alien invasion of our country,” Bannon said of Graham’s new stance. “You got it. You can’t get rid of the, you can’t deport anybody because the economy. And this is how the globalists think.”

“Is Lindsey Graham not the slimiest of them? I think he’s the slimiest, walking around like a serpent,” he continued. “You see, when he’s in President Trump’s ear, it’s poison he’s putting in there. Is it an outlier of the Republican Party? No, it’s pure MAGA. No more money for Ukraine!”

The “outlier” remark was in reference to Graham’s response to a comment Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) made last week on Bannon’s War Room podcast.

“He doesn’t want Ukraine. He doesn’t want Europe. Hell, he’s got enough land of his own. He just wants to make sure that he does not have United States weapons in Ukraine pointing at Moscow,” Tuberville said, disputing the talking points that Putin will march across Europe if the U.S. doesn’t stop him in Ukraine.

CBS anchor Margaret Brennan goaded Graham when she referenced Tuberville’s remarks to say, “Those echo some Russian talking points. Senator, I wonder if those remarks from your fellow senator represent the GOP?”

“So we’ve been slow as hell of helping Ukraine, but Senator Tuberville’s analysis really misses what Putin’s all about,” Graham replied.

“He’s an outlier, I think, in the Republican Party,” he continued. “I like him personally. But, what did Trump do to get the weapons flowing? He created a loan system. They’re sitting on 10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals in Ukraine. They could be the richest country in all of Europe. I don’t want to give that money and those assets to Putin to share with China. If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of.”

“That 10 to $12 trillion of critical mineral assets could be used by Ukraine and the West, not given to Putin and China,” the GOP senator continued. “This is a very big deal. How Ukraine ends. Let’s help them win a war we can’t afford to lose. Let’s find a solution to this war. But they’re sitting on a gold mine. To give Putin 10 or $12 trillion of critical minerals that he will share with China is ridiculous.”

Tom Tillison

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