MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle proved again that the left just can’t deal with anyone even slightly supporting President Donald Trump.
In a panel discussion about controversial comments by Rep. Steve King, Ruhle made the outrageous suggestion that Trump is blackmailing Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Former GOP Congressman David Jolly noted that the South Carolina Republican was once a harsh and vocal critic of the president but now appears to be a strong supporter of Trump and his policies.
“Before Don got elected, Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a racist, xenophobic bigot. Those are Lindsey Graham’s words,” Jolly said. “I doubt Lindsey Graham could tell you Donald Trump has had a change of heart in the last 24 months, I bet the change of heart has been with Lindsey Graham, not the president.”
Ruhle interjected with her baseless speculation that maybe Trump knows “something pretty extreme” about the newly elected Senate Judiciary Chair.
“Or it could be that Donald Trump or somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham,” she said.
“We’re gonna have to leave it there,” Ruhle added.
Here’s @SRuhle suggesting that President Trump or “somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham” when discussing his turn from Trump critic to Trump supporter.
That is a completely irresponsible thing to even suggest. pic.twitter.com/ryyaXqf3yK
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 15, 2019
But leaving it “there” after making the remark on live television did nothing to extinguish further speculating, and the anchor’s knowing smirk may have been referring to rumors brewing about Graham recently.
Someone has the goods on Lindsey Graham. No other explanation. https://t.co/LXt4K03Xly
— The Real Andrew Jackson (@OctaveFilms) January 15, 2019
When someone does a complete 180 on very significant topics for no apparent reason: There’s a reason. Graham hasn’t explained himself on his Trump flip.
— HobanWashburne (@kgreising) January 15, 2019
For me, it’s the drop and then the typical “we’re going to leave it right there” is problematic. If she said something like Sen. Graham come on in and explain, I think it might be better.
— mcbc (@mcbc) January 15, 2019
Even actor Chris Evans, of “Captain America” fame, wondered aloud recently: “What do they have on you?”
Hey Smithers, remember when you said this:
‘You know how you make America great again, tell Donald Trump to go to hell.’
What do they have on you? I can’t tell if this shameful 180 is born of fear or thirst. Either way, we will always remember you as nothing more than remora. https://t.co/2eZ2Zxqpkv
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 13, 2019
Coincidentally (or not), just days before Ruhle’s on-air remark, the chairman of the Democratic Coalition against Trump super PAC suggested Graham is “being blackmailed” by Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin over something connected to a “serious sexual kink.”
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.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) January 13, 2019
Jon Cooper publicly made the claims – with no evidence – contending that “as an openly gay man” he “couldn’t care less” about the senator’s lifestyle.
By the way, as an openly gay man myself, I couldn’t care less about Lindsey Graham’s sex life (gay, straight or otherwise). However, Graham is the Senate Judiciary Chair and there’s a strong likelihood that he’s being blackmailed by the Russians. If so, that needs to be revealed.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) January 14, 2019
Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of Intercept, slammed Cooper’s tweets as “homophobic gutter trash.”
This is repulsive, homophobic gutter trash from the Chairman of @TheDemCoalition – of the kind that has been historically used for the most nefarious smears. But it’s done with the right political ideology so it’s fine. https://t.co/GWo414s1JX
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 13, 2019
Even Twitter users who may have wondered about Graham’s loyalties were appalled by the slanderous claims.
Yeah, totally reasonable to suggest a Senator is being blackmailed by the President of the United States.
It’s not that it’s Trump’s party now, or he actually supports him on this issue, no it’s BLACKMAIL.
To the perpetually outraged there is no nuance or thinking. TRUMP= BAD.
— Me (@NeolithicBarber) January 15, 2019
I’m now muting blue checks like her who offer nutty crap as serious analysis.
— MarkC, curer of bacon ?? (@UntraceableMC) January 15, 2019
Is threatening to out your political enemies part of the progressive agenda now? That’s a really good look for y’all.
— Ginger Lady (@GingerLady6) January 15, 2019
And he is not required to do so. He’s accountable to the people of South Carolina, not some cable host on MSNBC. If they decide his newfound Trump support is too much, they’ll vote in his opponent. https://t.co/cKVfv4l7Ls
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 15, 2019
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