Move over #MoscowMitch.
The #LeningradLindsey hashtag exploded to life on Twitter late Thursday after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) helped push a controversial bill aimed at making it harder for migrants to apply for asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Democrats on the committee accused Graham, the chairman, of breaking the rules with the way he forced through the partisan bill, titled the Secure and Protect Act of 2019. The legislation is reportedly not expected to be passed by the full Senate.
People on Twitter used the Russian-themed hashtag featuring the Soviet-era name for St. Petersburg to accuse Graham of “breaking procedural code.” It was reportedly started by voice-over actor Tara Dublin:
The #MoscowMitch hashtag went viral last month after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two election security bills, even though former special counsel Robert Mueller warned during his congressional testimony that Russia continued to interfere in U.S. politics as it did during the 2016 presidential election.