What is Lindsay Graham Hiding? S.C. Senator Refuses to Test for COVID-19 Ahead of Debate With Challenger Jamie Harrison, Raising Suspicions
If you were browsing Twitter on Friday, you may have noticed that #LindsayGrahamHasCOVID is trending.
However, it would be wrong to assume that we definitely know something about the Republican Senator's health in relation to the coronavirus. The hashtag itself was triggered by the fact that Graham had completely refused to undergo a COVID-19 test earlier that day before debating in person with Jamie Harrison, his challenger for the South Carolina Senate seat.
Graham's strange refusal to engage in a simple move aimed at ensuring the safety and wellbeing of people amid a deadly pandemic that has sickened and hospitalized dozens of Trump-adjoining Republicans came after Harrison pointed out Thursday, that he himself was the moderator of the debate. All panelists had agreed to be tested and asked Graham to do the same.
"If Sen. Graham does not take a coronavirus test, I cannot responsibly debate in person tomorrow night and allow politicians to expose my family, campaign staff, Sen. Graham staff and media representatives to unnecessary risk," the statement said .
Graham declined that request, saying that he had previously tested negative and would follow the safety rules that had already been agreed.
"Whether or not Mr. Harrison takes part in tomorrow's debate is his decision, not mine. I'll be there," Graham said in a statement.
Graham also went to Twitter to try reverse psychology, claiming Harrison was kind of elitist because he expected him to follow the same health measures that everyone else in the debate had already agreed to.
"Mr. Harrison is requesting special treatment," Graham tweeted, "Does any South Carolinian besides Mr. Harrison require that every person they come in contact with be tested before they meet?"
"The South Carolinians don't appreciate Harrison putting himself above others," Graham continued, showing himself more than a little suspicious of this strange attitude towards a situation he'd created by defiant stance against COVID testing.
Graham may also be a little salty that Harrison (very smart in my opinion) put up a plexiglass barrier to protect himself when he debated the incumbent Senator last week after it was revealed that Rona was running through the Republican Party.
With Graham being a key GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the main theory emerging from his refusal to be tested is that as the youngest Republican to be publicly diagnosed with coronavirus, he tossed a wrench into the party's plans would RAM through Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination with hearings of confirmation over the next few weeks.
Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Said the following Friday:
"It's the same reckless behavior as Trump," Schumer said of Graham's anti-test stance.
Speaking of Trump: The planned presidential debate between him and the Democratic candidate Joe Biden on October 15 has officially ended. In light of the latest diagnosis of Trump's coronavirus, the non-partisan committee for presidential debates announced on Friday, unsurprisingly, that the candidates would not be on stage together next week for health reasons, reports AP.
Meanwhile, the South Carolina debate organizers changed the format of the proposed forum between Harrison and Graham and instead sent one-on-one interviews with the two candidates, in which the moderators asked them questions about how they would tackle rioting in South Carolina.
Here was Graham's answer:
He added that, according to a report from the local S.C. station WSPA, he doesn't believe there is any systemic racism.
I don't know what's more disturbing, the silly grin on Graham's face as he laughs at the idea that marginalized populations in America have something to fear, or the fact that he couldn't even bother to come up with a legitimate answer to give the question outside of his own selfish political ideology (just like how he couldn't bother to get a COVID-19 test and even pretend he cared about the welfare of others).
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