Lindsey Graham

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Let's just get to the political heart of the matter, No matter what you want to call it.
Even if you're open-minded about compromise, you're wrong. It's a very simple answer to a complex problem.
Iranians are liars.
There are bad people in this world who are motivated by hate.

Lindsey Olin Graham (born 9 July 1955) is an American politician from the U.S. state of South Carolina. A member of the Republican Party, he is the senior United States Senator from that state as of 2007. He serves on the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees.

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2000s[edit]

  • Let's just get to the political heart of the matter, No matter what you want to call it, beyond border enforcement, a lot of people, particularly on our side, don't want to have a debate about this. Even if you debate it, you're wrong. Even if you're open-minded about compromise, you're wrong. It's a very simple answer to a complex problem. Send them all back. End of discussion, end of debate. Now that to me is not a realistic approach to a real problem.

2010s[edit]

  • And here's the first thing I would do if I were president of the United States. I wouldn't let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We're not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.
  • "Everything I know about the Iranians I learned at the pool room," [Graham] said. "I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are lying."
  • I can't explain this. I don't know what would make a young man at 21 get so sick and twisted to kill nine people in a church; this is beyond my understanding... There are real people out there who are organized to kill people in religion and based on race. But it's 2015 there are people out there looking for Christians to kill them. So this is a mean time we live in.
  • As a party, we are better to risk losing without Donald Trump than trying to win with him. Enough already with Mister Trump.
  • It’s like [choosing between] being shot or poisoned.
    • Lindsey Graham about whether he would choose Trump or Cruz for the President of the United States. February 21, 2016
  • If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.
    • Graham commenting on unpopularity of Cruz in the Senate. As quoted in [1] February 26, 2016
  • Embracing Donald Trump is embracing demographic death.
    • Commenting on Trump's unpopularity among Hispanics. May 6, 2016

Quotes about Graham[edit]

  • The Senator's repulsive remarks are racist, period. This type of discourse should have no place in American politics... Graham essentially admits to being a bigot, because nothing says 'I'm stereotyping' more than basing judgment of an entire people solely on a handful of interactions in a pool room... Graham's racist statement raises concerns about his ability to speak on vital national security matters such as the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Because if you judge an entire people based on your experience running a pool hall-liquor store, do you really have the judgment to keep America safe? This is Graham's 'I can see Russia from my house' moment... Senator Graham owes the Iranian-American communit, one of the most successful communities in the United States, an apology. And all others presidential hopefuls,Republicans and Democrats, should condemn his bigoted comments.
  • Trump’s normally loquacious rivals are swaggeringly eager to confront Vladimir Putin, but are too invertebrate — Lindsey Graham is an honorable exception — to voice robust disgust with Trump and the spirit of, the police measures necessary for, and the cruelties that would accompany, his policy.

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