U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently caused a stir by predicting that there would be “riots in the street” if federal prosecutors indict former President Donald Trump in connection with an FBI search warrant related to possession of classified documents.
Although Graham subsequently clarified that he was “not calling for violence,” many on the left — including President Joe Biden — seized on the initial comment as supposed evidence that the senator had been endorsing riots.
During a speech in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Biden was clearly referencing the South Carolina Republican when he lamented the fact that Americans could find a senator who said “if such and such happens, there will be blood in the street.”
Graham quickly responded, using an appearance on Newsmax TV to inform the president that the real threat to the nation can be found along America’s “broken” southern border. His on-air admonishment of the president continued to include a number of other domestic issues.
“Terrorism is on the rise, right?” the senator asked. “You would learn a lot if you’d listen to the generals. Inflation is through the roof and crime is rampant. So, if you want to talk about someone supporting political violence, I’m not the guy. I reject political violence.”
He went on to lay out his own record of publicly denouncing acts of violence by Americans across the ideological spectrum in contrast to the statements and actions of Vice President Kamala Harris.
“If you want to talk to somebody about supporting political violence, President Biden, talk to your vice president, whose office raised money to bail out rioters who hit cops in the head and went back to breaking the law,” Graham concluded.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
In the context of his original statement, it is clear that Graham was making a larger point about the perceived bias of federal agencies when it comes to investigating allegations against political figures and their families.
“Look at what happened to Hunter Biden,” he said. “They gave him a complete pass, apparently. And social media outlets in this country suppressed information that could have mattered. And if they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street.”