Anger escalates over CNN’s town hall featuring ‘DemoRATS’ Graham and McCain day after Trump’s speech

Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took part in a town hall hosted by CNN Wednesday night and gave Democrats plenty of fodder to keep bashing President Donald Trump over contact between his campaign and Russia.

The Republican lawmakers spoke approvingly of Trump’s address to Congress, with McCain saying the president “laid out a positive agenda” that was “well-received by the American people.” Graham added, “We need more of that guy — less of the tweeting guy.”

But that didn’t last long, and when it came to Russia, the two war hawks were not so generous.

Amid reports Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak on two occasions last year, Graham said if the FBI finds wrongdoing, Sessions should recuse himself from deciding whether to prosecute.

A claim conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, an avid Trump supporter, called “bogus.”

“If there were contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, they may be legitimate; they may be OK,” Graham said. “I want to know what happened between the Trump campaign, the Clinton campaign and the Russians.”

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Graham criticized Trump over his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“When it comes to Russia, he has a blind spot,” he said. “The bottom line is that Putin is disrupting democracy everywhere.”

McCain reinforced the threat to democracy Graham spoke of.

“Have no doubt, what the Russians tried to do to our election could have destroyed democracy,” McCain said. “And that’s why we’ve got to pay a hell of a lot more attention to the Russians and the things they’re doing in Europe — and right now, they’re trying to determine the outcome of the French election, and they’re using cyber.”

Graham was clear that he not only supports the sanctions imposed on Russia by former President Barack Obama, he’d like to see more.

“I want the Russians to be sanctioned more for interfering in our election,” he said.

A one point, the town hall became somewhat of a love-fest when Graham starting talking about his friendship with McCain, bring a tear to the eye of both men.

“He is loyal to his friends. He loves his country. And if he has to stand up to his party for his country, so be it,” Graham said of his colleague. “He would die for his country. I love him to death.”

While liberals and ‘Never Trumpers’ praised the pair, if the town hall generated any tears on social media, they were likely tears of frustration at the Republican senators for playing right into the hands of the president’s adversaries.

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Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Positivenergy4/status/836990401995120640

https://twitter.com/America_1st_/status/837134826780131329

https://twitter.com/sweetatertot2/status/837173452079419392

https://twitter.com/realDaggerLove/status/837066755923132416

https://twitter.com/plrpinto/status/836939278986903552

Tom Tillison

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