In December 2016, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham emerged as one of the strongest Republican critics of Donald Trump, and particularly, of his ties with Russia. Graham called for a bipartisan investigation, warning that while the Kremlin had targeted the Democrats this time, it could be the Republicans next. He noted that Russians had hacked his email, and proclaimed: “Russian hacking during the U.S. presidential election is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s an American issue. We must stand together.”
One year later, Lindsey Graham is taking a different stand–alongside Donald Trump at his golf course, which Graham deemed “spectacular” in his latest bout of gushing sycophancy toward the POTUS he once rejected. On November 30, Graham slammed the press for characterizing Trump as “some kind of kook not fit to be president,” directly contradicting his own words from 2016, when he said: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”
What changed between 2016 and 2017? Plenty. All of Graham’s concerns about Trump’s relationship with Russia and his competency to lead have been legitimized–and then some.
Graham’s suspicion that Russia was behind the hacks and that Wikileaks was acting on behalf of the Kremlin was substantiated. Numerous Trump associates remain under investigation for illicit dealings and cover-ups. Trump’s campaign advisor, Russian oligarch lackey Paul Manafort, was indicted for conspiracy against the U.S. Trump’s…