Lindsey Graham is about as far from a serious candidate for President as possible, but every once in a while you get a hint of something lurking just below the surface. It’s not a good thing, necessarily, but enough of an inkling to realize that Lindsey Graham does indeed have a contingency plan if and when he is declared supreme benevolent dictator of this United States.
Yesterday, when asked what he would do if things got out of hand in his negotiations with Congress as President, Graham jokingly posited that he’d round up the military and position them at all of the exits so that no one left town until he said so.
…[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.
Obviously, this is a joke. We know this because Lindsey Graham has never, in his entire time in office, shown the kind of backbone required to physically restrain any elected official from anything, including the Senate’s bean soup.
The best part of this story, though, isn’t the joke itself. It’s the statement from Graham’s office confirming the he was, indeed, attempting to joke about something.
As his office clarifies, Graham was employing over-the-top humor to win over his audience.
It’s so rare, it requires reiterating.
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