MSNBC host Joe Scarborough bashed South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for criticizing President Joe Biden’s politically motivated Jan. 6th fixation. Scarborough offered the criticism Friday morning on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
He jokingly said that the fact that the Republican senator once effusively praised Biden five years ago, yet is now criticizing this same man, suggests that he’s suffering from some sort of personality disorder.
At issue was a tweet that Graham had posted a day earlier blasting the president for his “brazen politicization” of the Jan. 6th riot and drawing attention to his catastrophic failures in Afghanistan.
View the tweet below:
What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden.
I wonder if the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan with al-Qaeda elements present, contrary to President Biden’s beliefs, are allowing this speech to be carried?
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 6, 2022
Scarborough wondered how it’s possible that someone who once praised Biden so effusively could have turned against him.
To further cement his supposed point, he noted how Graham had said “count me out” after the Jan. 6th riot last year but then allegedly grown close to former President Donald Trump again after he was harassed at the Reagan National Airport in Virginia.
“I’m a little confused here. I’m not exactly sure what the Taliban has to do with the United States Capitol being attacked and Lindsey being so angry — he said, ‘I’m done with him, I’m off the Trump train,’” Scarborough said.
“And again, I think three people and a hound dog bothered him at Reagan National Airport, and he melted down. This guy, he’s all over the place. I mean, Biden’s an angel, Biden’s a devil.”
A source sends this video of a group of Trump supporters today harassing Sen. Lindsey Graham at Reagan airport and loudly calling him a “traitor” after he publicly broke with Trump earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/XBF8K6DIUD
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) January 8, 2021
Scarborough then trotted out the personality disorder accusation/joke.
“I mean, it’s like, when we were young kids, there was a movie called ‘Sybil.’ It freaked me out. I think Sybil had about 48 personalities. I don’t know if Lindsey has 48, but he’s getting close. I have known him for a long, long time, there are many layers of that onion to peel,” he said.
“One day Joe Biden is the greatest guy of all time, peel back the onion — he’s the devil, he’s the enabler of the Taliban. Peel back the onion, he’s off the Trump train, peel back another layer, whoops, look at that. There’s an image in that layer of him golfing at Mar-A-Lago after he said he was done with Donald Trump.”
It’s true that the senator has gone back and forth in regard to Trump. He first trash-talked Trump during the 2016 primary elections, then became a staunch supporter after bowing out of the race and then briefly turned against him in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6th riot.
As for Biden, back in 2015, Graham effusively praised the then-vice president after he attended the senator’s Air National Guard retirement ceremony.
“When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) celebrated his retirement from the Air National Guard last week after 33 years of military service, he was greeted at the ceremony by an unexpected guest: Vice President Joe Biden,” HuffPost reported at the time.
“Though they hail from opposing parties, Graham and Biden have long had a close friendship, going back to their years serving together in the Senate. The South Carolina senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate was particularly touched that the vice president attended his military sendoff.”
Note that the ceremony happened just days after the then-VP’s eldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer.
“The bottom line is if you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, then probably you got a problem. You need to do some self-evaluation. Because what’s not to like? Here’s what I can tell you, that life can change just like, that don’t take it for granted, don’t take relationships for granted. I called him after Beau died and he basically said, well, Beau was my soul,” Graham said in the video while choking up.
“He came to my ceremony and said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me. And he’s the nicest person I think I’ve ever met politics. He is as good a man as God ever created, and we don’t agree on much, but I think he’s been dealt a really gut blow. I think he focuses on what he’s got to do, not what he’s lost. His heart’s been ripped out, but he’s going to make sure that the other members of his family’s well taken care of.”
Six years later, Graham is upset with current President Biden over what many, some not even on the right, have said is his, the Democrat Party and the media’s politicization of the one-day Jan. 6th riot for the purpose of pushing their agenda.
To state the obvious, Jan 6 is being leveraged by Dems to paint the GOP not as mere opponents, but as existential threats to Our Sacred Democracy. And coincidentally, the only way to prevent this total insurrectionist destruction is to elect Dems and pass Dem-favored legislation
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 6, 2022
Nearly a year into his presidency, the only topic that really seems to make Joe Biden passionate is Donald Trump
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 6, 2022
But according to Scarborough, for Graham to agree with this criticism after having once praised Biden apparently makes him a nutcase …
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