This isn’t the Lindsey Graham most Republicans would think of today, if asked to give a 25-word summary of his typical demeanor and attitudes.
The left’s relentless attacks on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, assisted and often driven by Graham’s Democratic colleagues, seem to have galvanized him. During the long hearing on Thursday, for which Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford were witnesses, Graham spoke out with anger twice to excoriate the tactics deployed by the Democrats.
This video is from late afternoon when Kavanaugh was being questioned.
This is a slightly longer clip (Graham speaks for about four and a half minutes) when he was being interviewed by the media during a recess. Again, the vigorous, unvarnished language hasn’t been typical of Graham.
Social media users have been on fire over the Graham clips
It’s not too much to say, as one user did, that Graham was willing to take it (figuratively speaking) to a street fight. He did lay down the gauntlet to the Democrats.
In general the Tweeps were triggered (in a good way, on the Republican side).
Lindsey Graham just now, fabulous
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 27, 2018
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— We Support 45 (@WeSupport45) September 27, 2018
Angry Lindsey Graham is my favorite Lindsey Graham
— Karen Heizman (@karebarestares) September 28, 2018
I have never considered myself a fan of Lindsey graham but the way he stood up for Judge Kavanaugh today and called the democrats out for their hypocrisy has made me a fan of his for life.
— Marty Lamp (@martylamp) September 27, 2018
Lindsey Graham's finest moment. Magnificent performance. https://t.co/KaV3rA3mXN
— Roger Kimball (@rogerkimball) September 28, 2018
"OMG, I am rewatching that amazing Lindsey Graham clip again" is not something I ever expected to say in my life.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 28, 2018
Lindsey Graham was simply incredible today. He articulated the frustrations and the pent up anger many of us feel watching this Democrat abomination of a confirmation process unfold. Ted Cruz was also impressive. But Lindsey – deserves a lot of praise !
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) September 28, 2018
Democrats be damned, republicans be damned, but due process and the presumption of innocence until PROVEN guilty must never be destroyed. That’s why Kavanaugh should be confirmed and why Lindsey Graham rocked today.
— GAGirl1967 with both barrels! (@Tamaraw68415067) September 28, 2018
Blistering statement from Lindsey Graham is as strong a denunciation of this process as I’ve ever heard.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 27, 2018
Those on the left were triggered in the bad way.
— JustClaudia (@JustClaudia3) September 28, 2018
I tweeted a joke about Lindsey Graham being an angry, bitter, closeted man earlier today and got blowback against it and bowed to peer pressure and deleted it…
Right now, I'm furious at myself for deleting it.
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 27, 2018
Senator Graham certainly raised his voice, but in terms of accusations, he did confine himself to the selective, calculated procedural omissions and commissions of the Democrats that made it impossible to have a unified, bipartisan process for vetting the allegations against Kavanaugh. Perhaps his voice has found a new register. If so, it doesn’t seem to be based on Donald Trump, who has been in the White House for 20 months now. It seems to be sparked by the no-holds-barred maneuvers from the Democrats.