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Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Friday that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will be “happy to sell out his voters with an amnesty deal” after saying he seeks “common ground” with Democrats on immigration reform.
Following his opening monologue, Carlson railed against Graham, who just won his toughest reelection fight in years, for suggesting the GOP majority in the Senate next year ought to focus on working with Democrats to do an amnesty for up to 22 million people in the U.S. illegally.
“Who’s excited to greet our new corporate overlords? Who plans to collaborate, particularly who on the right side, the Republican side, the side that said it was defending you. Who’s happy about all of this? That seems worth keeping track of just so we know who we’re dealing with here,” Tucker said.
“I was particularly interested … in the comments of Lindsey Graham who just won reelection in the state of South Carolina because conservatives voted for him … the people around Trump put a great deal of pressure on Lindsey Graham to send them money, so after a day or two, he made a great show of sending them $500,000,” Carlson added.
“But then on the issues that matter, Lindsey Graham immediately ran away from the ideas that he claimed to support and said that he would be happy to sell out his voters with an amnesty deal, like within hours of the election,” the host continued.
Tucker brought in Ned Ryun, CEO of American Majority, a conservative grassroots organization, who also called out Graham, as well as other establishment Republicans including Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Mitt Romney (Utah), and Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming).
Ryun said he believes they will “snap back” to corporatist policies on issues like immigration that President Donald Trump.
“They’re not gonna fix immigration. They’re not gonna fix trade deals. They’re not gonna break up Big Tech. They’re not gonna do any of these things, and yet, this is only going to accelerate, whatever comes next,” Ryun said.
Nevertheless, “America First is not going away,” he added, a reference to the 70 million Americans who voted for the president’s reelection.
Asked about Graham’s immigration officer, Ryun said, “This is the surrender caucus. It feels like they’ve been waiting in the wings. They can’t wait to get back to where they actually control the Republican Party.”
Graham has also signaled a willingness not to block any of Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks if he winds up being named president.
In an interview with reporters Friday, Graham — currently chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — said Biden “deserves a Cabinet.”
He said he ran again on two things: “To be a reliable vote to stop the most radical agenda being pushed by [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)] and others in the history of the United States” and “[reaching] across the aisle.”
“When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that,” he continued. “The vice president deserves a Cabinet, I’ll give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of state, attorney general… There may be some people that I just can’t vote for because I think they’re unqualified or too extreme.”
Graham also said he would push back on the most “radical” Democrat policies like “the Green New Deal.”
Other grassroots conservative organizations noted that Trump has changed the base of the Republican Party into one that actually used to resemble The Democratic Party.
“The new base of the Republican Party is the American working class, of all races. ‘Common ground’ on immigration reform is code for amnesty, and amnesty is an insult to the millions who voted GOP in the election,” Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities President Lou Murray told Breitbart News.
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