The WaPo article is quite interesting overall, but I don’t like Lindsay Graham so I was not terribly interested in his life story, relationship with John McCain, or political rationalizations.
But what did catch my eye was buried toward the back of the article:
Shortly after Trump was elected, he invited Graham to the White House for a chat. They ate lunch with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, beside a flat-screen television tuned to Fox News.
Graham said the president had wanted to get his thoughts on national security, the subject that Graham considers his specialty. So, he told the president his two biggest concerns were Iran and North Korea, at which point, the television started showing archived footage of North Korean missile launches. The president, Graham said, worried that this was happening in real time.
“That’s old footage, old footage!” Graham said he told him, laughing now at the memory.
Poor John McCain, people say, Graham must be making his dear friend roll over in his grave. Senator McCain was celebrated for being unwilling to tap dance for Trump. What does that say about Senator Stinkball?
“I really don’t care,” said Graham. Better to have someone whom the president trusts enough to listen when he talks sense. Someone to make sure he nominates Judge Kavanaugh instead of Judge Judy. Someone to make sure he knows when a rocket launch on TV is happening now or in the past. That is what matters, said Graham. Not what people say about him.
Did you get that?
Lindsay Graham is essentially confessing that he is trying to stay in Trump’s good graces so that the idiot does not hear a replay of the “War of the Worlds” and launch a nuclear attack against space.
And it is yet more confirmation of that New York Times op-ed which revealed that there are folks working in the White House trying desperately to minimize the damage that Trump might do while in office.
It seems that virtually everybody who comes into contact with Trump is constantly working on some damage control angle.
In my mind, this is not a reason to give thanks that people like Lindsey Graham and the White House resistance exist, but rather a reason to blame the Republicans for being such knuckle-dragging morons that they voted an intellectually challenged man-baby into the highest office in the land which ultimately endangered all of us.