Lindsey Graham: As president, I will unleash the full might of the U.S. military upon Congress

posted at 8:01 pm on March 11, 2015 by Noah Rothman

In the unlikely event that Lindsey Graham becomes the 45th President of the United States, you can forget about pesky laws like the Posse Comitatus Act. In Graham’s America, the work of the people will be done even if that work has to be compelled at gunpoint.

According to a report via Mediaite, Sen. Graham recently insisted that he is so opposed to the mandatory cuts to the military’s budget contained within Sequester that he would order the American armed forces to make Congress reverse them. “Literally.”

In brief audio obtained by BenSwann.com, Sen. Graham purportedly suggests he would use the military to restrict the movement of Congress until they complied:

…[A]nd here is 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’re not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.

Asked for comment or clarification, Graham responded to the right-leaning website with this boilerplate: “Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians. [emphasis added]

Now, maybe Graham was using the word “literally” in the same way that Joe Biden uses the word “literally,” meaning “figuratively.” In that sense, perhaps he was reaching for levity by threating, a la Boris Yeltsin, to order the shelling of the Capitol Building in order to see his preferred legislative priorities enacted. But the senator from South Carolina does have a history of indulging in rhetorical excesses.

Allahpundit has been all over the “Lindsey Graham is terrifying” beat for some time:

Each one of those items is worth a click. From wondering whether bloggers deserve the First Amendment protections extended to journalists, to suggesting that being at war means being able to ban protected expression like the burning of Korans, to censoring letters sent by civilians through the U.S. mail, Graham seems to have an unhealthy infatuation with extraordinary wartime measures that the country ultimately comes to regret.

Maybe he was just joking. He couldn’t possibly be serious, right? But Lindsey Graham has a habit of reaching for the absurd when it comes to imposing martial law on private citizens. That’s not an appealing trait in a presidential candidate.


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Wuss in boots!

SMACKRUNNER on March 11, 2015 at 8:04 PM

1st move Congress does is impeach the dumb SOB.

RickB on March 11, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Every thing about Lieseed Grahamcracker is “might”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM

…Miss Lindsey said, stamping his feet for emphasis.

Akzed on March 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM

Graham seems to have an unhealthy fascination with fascism. Period.

GWB on March 11, 2015 at 8:09 PM

I know this for sure – if President he would open up his arms even more to the Invasion of American by Tens of Millions of Third Worlders whose own countries don’t even want them and drive America asunder.

VorDaj on March 11, 2015 at 8:09 PM

If Obama takes my lunch money one more time I might just,,, just,,, just,,,,,I might,,,,,

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 11, 2015 at 8:09 PM

… being able to ban protected expression like the burning of korans …

Ann Barnhardt had the best take on this … a classic …

“Lindsey Graham, you jackass!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qeyrp-V3Jvc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LCLDjPNpf4&spfreload=10

Pork-Chop on March 11, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Wuss in boots!

SMACKRUNNER on March 11, 2015 at 8:04 PM

A tad early for a threadwinner.

bernzright777 on March 11, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Maybe Lindsey Graham’s (alleged) repressed homosexuality is causing him to overcompensate with attempts at manly bravado.

bluegill on March 11, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Well, aren’t they supposed to protect us against all threats, both foreign and domestic?
Where have they been the last six years?

PonyBoy on March 11, 2015 at 8:13 PM

Which is why he should never get anywhere near the presidency.

rbj on March 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

http://mainstreetadvocacy.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjwz_-nBRC0zbDb_YOT1TgSJACW2VECaFOoMXgQe70nhxMSHeWG4YHkR2NbyM2a2iuJuVOG4BoCunrw_wcB

OT- this group is flooding Conservative radio with slamming Conservatives as bullies and shilling gor rino’s, and amnesty.
They don’t spend money for nothing. Something is coming.

wolly4321 on March 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

WTF? Yeah that sounds like a great idea. Yep that’s the plan champ.

coolrepublica on March 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

If John McCain had a son……

txag92 on March 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

He couldn’t possibly be serious, right? But Lindsey Graham has a habit of reaching for the absurd when it comes to imposing martial law on private citizens. That’s not an appealing trait in a presidential candidate.

And this is the hawks’ antidote to Rand Paul?

I’m feeling better and better each day…

JohnGalt23 on March 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

*ads.. and for.*

wolly4321 on March 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Hey Lindsey, Why Wait? Prove Yourself!

“the work of the people will be done even if that work has to be compelled at gunpoint”.

We have a job you can do NOW if you are really up to it.

Nat George on March 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Says the senator who has yet to stop anything the dog-eater has done.

I’m sorry, y’all, I did work to unseat him in 2014. We just had too many candidates in the primary. The good news, though, is that Graham’s margin of victory shrinks with each election. It’s not a lot of good news, but it’s a start.

SouthernGent on March 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Rest easy……I’ll be number 45 before Ms Lindsey.

De Oppresso Liber on March 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

He should be seen in a video that includes an orange jumpsuit, a cage and flame……..I want the VOLUME turned up on it……

williamg on March 11, 2015 at 8:17 PM

Queen Lindsey I.Wonder if John McCain will lead the troops to destroy Congress at the behest of his lover and his queen?

redware on March 11, 2015 at 8:18 PM

An incredibly stupid thing to say. Why couldn’t Flimsy limit himself to saying that if Congress voted to increase the defense budget, he (if President) would sign the bill?

Steve Z on March 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Lindsey Graham: As president, I will unleash the full might of the U.S. military upon Congress

Too late.

That should have been done during the 112th Congress..

Electrongod on March 11, 2015 at 8:22 PM

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/us/politics/in-gop-a-campaign-takes-aim-at-tea-party.html?referrer=&_r=0

It’s relavent. I’m sure lindsey loves these people.

wolly4321 on March 11, 2015 at 8:24 PM

There isn’t anyone on the left, most certainly the right, or just plain stupid that will elect Miss Lindsey POTUS.

GADinSB on March 11, 2015 at 8:25 PM

There is no way in hell he is going to be president. This testing of the waters is pure vanity.

SC.Charlie on March 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM

don’t ask don’t tell worked….try it lindsey…

dmacleo on March 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

yes yes! Because nothing says “Vote for me for President” quite as well as a promise to use the American Military in a fascist dictatorial act against the people directly elected representatives. Well done Mr. Graham. Dancing ever closer to actual and provable “high treason”.

patches on March 11, 2015 at 8:36 PM

It’s relavent. I’m sure lindsey loves these people.

wolly4321 on March 11, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Why spend money defending caving on DHS after the fact?

Another shoe to drop?

wolly4321 on March 11, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Lindsay Graham is an oaf.

South Carolina you can do better. Fire his Graham cracker a$$!

islandman78 on March 11, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Two more fake tough guys talking to one another on the tube.

Rudy G. and Bill O’real’ie

Rudy says “Ya, I like Hillary we know each other”,,, “Ya, I like Bill he a friend of mine”.

Bill O,, ” well I think she will get away with it all”

Dennis Miller called O’Riley out on it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Hey Lindsey, Why Wait? Prove Yourself!

“the work of the people will be done even if that work has to be compelled at gunpoint”.

We have a job you can do NOW if you are really up to it.

Nat George on March 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

And this makes Graham different in ideology from Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and friends in what way?

AesopFan on March 11, 2015 at 8:51 PM

GADinSB on March 11, 2015 at 8:25 PM

their were enough ppl in SC to make him a Senator (again)
or course the same could be said for McCain.

conservative tarheel on March 11, 2015 at 9:01 PM

And yet AP supports gay marriage which will produce more Lindsey Grahams…

Skywise on March 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Lindsey Graham: As president

God help us.

Midas on March 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

And it will be FABULOUS!!

Bertram Cabot Jr. on March 11, 2015 at 9:17 PM

And yet AP supports gay marriage which will produce more Lindsey Grahams…

Skywise on March 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM

You are wrong. Graham is evidence in support of gay marriage. If there had been gay marriage, Lindsey Graham wouldn’t have ended up as John McCain’s bitch and saying this crazy s**t.

thuja on March 11, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Go home and STFU! Gramnesty!

GarandFan on March 11, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Ronald Reagan would have voted for Graham in a heartbeat over Rand Paul. Same would probably pick him over Ted Cruz too.

spaz on March 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

Honestly SC, how on earth can you keep voting for this man?

I’m really worried about Jeb. Any state that continually reelects Miss Lindsay clearly doesn’t have much sense.

Redstone on March 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

Ronald Reagan would have voted for Graham in a heartbeat over Rand Paul. Same would probably pick him over Ted Cruz too.
spaz on March 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

Will people stop with this silly “uhh Ronald Reagan would have voted for/done this or that stupid thing” already?

How do you know?

Did you ask him?

Redstone on March 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Amazing how many politicians think they can do “THE” top job in a state, nation and yet tick off so many people in their current position. Very few have real accomplishments.

I’ll take an experienced governor over any US senator any time.

MN J on March 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Oh for pete’s sake why wont this milquetoast jellyfish RHINO of a ‘man’ go away already. Go sit in John McCain’s lap or something.

Neo on March 11, 2015 at 9:38 PM

I can’t imagine what sort of crazy dystopia that a country run by Miss Lindsay would be.

Like some sort of scary science-fiction novel.

Redstone on March 11, 2015 at 9:38 PM

Primary season rhetoric is heating up.

John the Libertarian on March 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Haaahahawooohoohooheeheehee….

Okay, that was funny. Briefly. Now shut up and go away, Graham Cracker.

LawfulGood on March 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

And, show tunes will replace the Star Spangled Banner.
Go tell grandpa baby needs a change.

RovesChins on March 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

their were enough ppl in SC to make him a Senator (again)
or course the same could be said for McCain.

conservative tarheel on March 11, 2015 at 9:01 PM

I know and I will never understand how him and his BF Johnnie Mac get elected in states that appear to be more sensible to outsiders.

GADinSB on March 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

And he acts as though never having sent an email makes him better qualified to be President than Hilary.

That would not have been an example I would have used.

It’s a shame he won’t go away. He makes the Republican Party appear ridiculous.

talkingpoints on March 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Ever since he got into the Senate, he’s seemed a bubble off plumb, but this is just too absurd. He won’t even get near a nomination with that clip out there. What a boob!

flataffect on March 11, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Unfortunately, Miss Lindsey had seven primary opponents last fall and a campaign chest 10 times the size of the group combined.

bw222 on March 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

Will people stop with this silly “uhh Ronald Reagan would have voted for/done this or that stupid thing” already?

How do you know?

Did you ask him?

Redstone on March 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Ever notice how the crackpots who claim they know what Reagan would do are either RINOs or Democrats?

bw222 on March 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

Juan McLame’s illegitimate son.
Sigh!

shorebird on March 12, 2015 at 1:28 AM

What a nutcase.

anotherJoe on March 12, 2015 at 2:42 AM

Pork-Chop- “Lindsey Graham, you jackass!”

That video from Barnhardt is a classic. The best part was her telling him to hold her to account before Congress, “the only way this ends is with you crying in the men’s room”.

Here is the Senator waxing on rights regarding the NDAA law, aka “Shut up! You don’t get a lawyer!” The problem being that the NDAA basically lets the feds define anyone they want as a “enemy combatant” or terrorist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DW1RwrnBio

oryguncon on March 12, 2015 at 3:53 AM

I think he forgot to mention that he (and his pal McCain) are both for comprehensive Immigration Reform including some form of amnesty.

casaler on March 12, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Ego trip.

Fleuries on March 12, 2015 at 9:06 AM

As a South Carolinian, I can promise that he doesn’t personally answer our inquiries either. I proudly cast my ballot for Tim Scott in both the primary and the General. I voted for Bright against Lindsey in the primary and left the ballot blank on that line for the General. I will NEVER give Lindsey my vote.

SandyToes on March 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Someone needs to archive this for the next time Lindsey Graham is up for re-election. Reporters need to ask him why he wants to stage a military coup and install himself as a tyrant dictator. Isn’t that an act of treason?

dominigan on March 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Lindsey would force Congress to stay in session until the military became . . . more fashionable. Pink tutus with teal ascots for the Special Forces, for one. And we do have to do something about those shoes. . . .

Younggod on March 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM