Lawmaker Doubles Down On Claim Sen. Graham ‘Is Somehow Compromised’

A Democratic member of Congress has doubled down on her claim that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) is “somehow compromised.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) was questioned on CNN Thursday morning about her tweet from the previous day, in which she said that the GOP senator, once a vocal critic of President Trump but now a supporter, “is compromised!”

“They got to him, he is compromised!” Omar wrote in the tweet.

On Thursday, she repeated that statement and said that Graham has made “not only a 180 [degree] turnaround but a 360 [degree] turnaround” in terms of his Trump support, and so “I am pretty sure there is something happening with him.”

It could be “something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office,” or “the polling that they might have in his district,” or perhaps “some sort of leadership within the Senate.”

“He is somehow compromised to no longer stand up for the truth and to make sure he is fighting to protect the oath he took in serving the American people,” she said on CNN.

“That’s quite a charge to make,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto responded. “You say you’re pretty sure, based on what evidence?”

Omar cited “the way [Graham] is behaving.”

“That’s not evidence, that’s your opinion,” Harlow said. “Based on what evidence, congresswoman?”

Omar responded that her tweet was “just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me.”

She added, “I am pretty sure there are lots of Americans who agree on this.”

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle speculated on Tuesday that “President Trump or somebody” has “something pretty extreme” on Sen. Graham.

Jon Cooper, chairman of the Democratic Coalition super PAC, tweeted a similar theory on Sunday.

“A Republican just told me that he doubts @LindseyGrahamSC is kowtowing to Trump (and indirectly Putin) because he’s being blackmailed over his sexual orientation (an open secret) or even financial corruption. Rather, he thinks it probably involves some pretty serious sexual kink,” Cooper tweeted.

Cooper argued that there is a public interest in Grahams’ sexual secrets because U.S. national security could be at stake.