Lindsey Graham Doubles Down On 'Riots In The Streets' Warning

"What I tried to do was state the obvious," Graham said, again raising the specter of violence if Trump is prosecuted for taking top-secret documents from the White House.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) dug an even deeper hole for himself Saturday after he was roundly slammed for warning earlier that there will be “riots in the streets” if Donald Trump is prosecuted for lifting classified documents from the White House as he left office.

“What I tried to do was state the obvious,” Graham doubled down on his previous warning in his latest interview with CNBC.

In the next breath, Graham added incongruously: “We live in a rule of law nation in America.”

When pressed if he thought violence is “unacceptable,” Graham responded: “Violence is unacceptable, but how do countries fracture?”

He said “fascist states ... use the state and the law as a tool of their agenda,” and that he is worried about “trust” issues in the U.S., and a “double standard” for law enforcement.

Graham was sharply criticized after he raised the specter of violence for enforcing the law, and indicated that Trump is beyond legal restrictions, in an interview last Sunday with Fox News.

The Washington Post editorial board later called Graham’s remarks a clear threat, adding, “There is no excuse for this irresponsible rhetoric, which not only invites violence but also defies democratic norms.”

President Joe Biden, in a clear swipe at Graham, referred to turning on a television to see “senior senators and congressmen saying, ‘If such and such happens, there’ll be blood in the street.’ Where the hell are we?” Biden asked.

Graham on Saturday repeated his litany of what he considers unfair investigations of Trump.

He again indicated that Americans will resort to violence because of a harsher standard for Trump compared to the treatment of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton used a private email server when she was secretary of state — a practice reportedly employed by both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to conduct official business when they were White House senior advisers in the Trump administration.

A three-year investigation into some 30,000 recovered messages sent to and from Clinton on the server concluded that there was no “persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”

In Trump’s case, after officials attempted for well over a year to retrieve U.S. documents from the former president, FBI agents last month confiscated several boxes of material at Mar-a-Lago, including highly sensitive top-secret information haphazardly stored at the unsecured resort, where they potentially could have been accessed by enemies of the U.S.

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