While America as a whole is at war with the global coronavirus pandemic, it appears Fox News host Tucker Carlson is at war with Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham.
In a stunning segment Thursday evening, the celebrated FNC host accused the South Carolina senator of trying to expand a visa program during a time when the United States ought to be tightening borders restrictions, not loosening them.
“At this very moment, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is pressuring the White House to respond to this epidemic by passing out residency documents to rich Chinese, nearly all of whom, by definition, have ties to our enemies in the Chinese government,” he said.
Listen via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
(Source: Fox News)
The accusations were based on a report from Politico, which currently faces a lawsuit from a White House official for its allegedly “lying, deceitful and unethical” conduct.
In a report published Wednesday, the outlet claimed that a current coronavirus-linked proposal to “significantly boost the number of visas offered annually from 10,000 to 75,000 while halving the investment required to earn legal residence from $900,000 to $450,000” is being “pushed” by Graham.
“Half the recipients of the EB-5 visa program — investors and their families — come from China, according to a report by the Brookings Institution think tank. Many others come from South Korea and Taiwan,” Politico noted.
Based on this report, Carlson further speculated that perhaps Graham is being paid off to sell out the American people.
“Why is he pushing it at the very moment that the threat we face from China has never been clearer or more imminent?” he said. “Presumably, he’s getting paid by donors to do it. We don’t know. Just a guess, but that’s usually how it works in Washington.”
“But it only works if nobody notices it’s happening, if it’s done in secret. Let’s hope a lot of people notice now. Selling American citizenship to Chinese oligarchs isn’t the way to preserve America’s economy and protect our most vulnerable.”
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity about an hour after Carlson repeated Politico’s allegations, Graham disputed all of them.
“Absolutely not,” he said when asked whether the allegations are legitimate. “I haven’t talked to anybody on the planet, much less the Trump administration, about putting EB-5 on the coronavirus bill. This is not the time or the place.”
Listen to the senator’s denial below, via FNC’s “Hannity“:
But he then added that he supports the program nevertheless, saying, “The president supports the program. I do too.”
“We’re not going to put a damn thing on this bill that doesn’t protect you and your family from the virus and does not give you money,” he continued.
This prompted Hannity to ask, “Let me be clear. So Politico magazine’s report is an outright falsehood?”
“I don’t think it’s Politico. I think it’s another … it’s absolute garbage,” Graham initially replied. “I haven’t talked to anybody. I would object to putting anything on these bills that are not related to solving the problem.”
By “another,” he may have meant Carlson. He may be under the false impression that the allegations originated with the FNC host. That would be incorrect, of course.
The allegations from Politico came the same day that word broke that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and three of her Senate colleagues, including Republican Sen. Richard Burr, had “sold off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market.”
As of Friday morning, all of the left-wing establishment media’s attention was on Burr, a Republican, with barely any outlets focusing on Feinstein, a Democrat.
The media is quick to call out GOP Senators when they sold stocks based on privy information,
But they forgot to call out Senator Feinstein, who sold anywhere from $1 million to $5 million in stock after a closed-door Coronavirus briefing.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) March 20, 2020
While the media only pays attention to Republicans with allegations of #InsiderTrading, they forgot to mention Democrat Senator Feinstein sold off her stocks worth $1-5 million at the same time as Loeffler and Burr. pic.twitter.com/mZOrhSibjC
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) March 20, 2020
Because of the media’s incessant attempts to always attack Republicans and protect Democrats, it’s often difficult to take any of their allegations seriously.
Nevertheless, a startling number of conservatives appear to have accepted Politico’s allegations as fact. It doesn’t help that Graham has admitted to supporting EB-5.
Look (*Language warning):
You are making me hate Republicans like you. You work for us. Dems are bad enough. Eb5 visas to chinese rich
They are our enemies not are foe. You push this an allow more Chinese 75 thousand more in this country and I will do my best to make sure you never get elected again. Assh
— Woody B (@WoodyB53832980) March 20, 2020
Why the push for EB5, Lindsey? Why make it easier for the country that gave us the Chinese virus to import its communist citizens to our country? This will not be forgotten and trust me, there will be a price to pay. Enjoy your seat while it lasts.
— Common Sense (@CommonS59577379) March 20, 2020
Why do u go on Hannity & flippin lie! U do too, support this EB5 Visa restructuring to make it easier for elite chinese to come in! Stop helping our country”succumb” to the deluge of cheap labor &driving up real estate prices! U r all over the place ¬ loyal to Americans
— LDavis (@LDavis06978510) March 20, 2020
@LindseyGrahamSC I’m not sure I like EB5. How does this benefit rural Americans? Please be clear and explain because I don’t see the benefits. My town has already been flipped upside down by illegal immigration. Gang signs on sides of buildings etc. What happened to America first
— HellaCoolMoms (@rhondaprell) March 20, 2020
@LindseyGrahamSC Can you explain to the American People why you want to import more Chinese citizens to the United States through the EB-5 Visa program?
— Know Nothing (@AltSpite) March 20, 2020
Please take your time to help explain your despicable EB-5 Visa status you’ve pushed so hard for.
— David S Brown (@DavidSBrown6) March 20, 2020
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