People are very concerned about Graham’s comments.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has called on “somebody in Russia” to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin. His comments received backlash, even among his Republican colleagues, but Graham doubled down in later tweets.
Appearing on Fox News‘s “Hannity,” he said, “Somebody in Russia has to step up to the plate. Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?”
Stauffenberg was a German military officer who tried to assassinate Hitler, Brutus was a Roman politician who successfully assassinated Roman dictator Julius Caesar.
He continued his statements, saying, “The only way this ends my friend, is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out,” adding that whoever did it “would be doing your country a great service and the world a great service.”
Graham went on to reiterate his Hannity remarks in tweets. Stating, “The only people who can fix this are the Russian people,” while urging them to “step up to the plate” to avoid spending the rest of their lives “isolated from the rest of the world.”
Almost instantly, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were condemning his statements.
Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota tweeted, “I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWIII,” she added that while “the world pays attention to how the US and its leaders are responding, Lindsey’s remarks and remarks made by some House members aren’t helpful.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX.) Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene also shared their criticism over Lindsey’s remarks, with Cruz calling it “an exceptionally bad idea” and Greene saying the comments are “irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged.”
However, on Friday morning, when appearing on “Fox & Friends” Graham continued his comments about Putin being, saying it was time for Russians to “rise up and take down” Putin.
He also made remarks about Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov, who had called his Thursday remarks “outrageous,” “criminal,” and “unacceptable.” Discussing Antonov’s comment, he said Antonov is “supporting a war criminal in Putin” and suggested that the Russian ambassador is the one who should apologize.
In the interview, Graham said he would want to see Putin, senior Russian military officials, and the soldiers following through on their orders tried for war crimes Russia commits in Ukraine.