CNN’s Erin Burnett: If Lindsey Graham wants to talk about a weak leader, he should look in the mirror


CNN’s Out Front host Erin Burnett ripped into Sen. Lindsey Graham Monday after he said President-elect Joe Biden would appear “weak” if he did not reach out to Democrats in Congress and convince them to end their second impeachment of President Donald Trump.

After playing a clip of Graham making his comments, in which he said that President Donald Trump is also “trying to heal the nation,” Burnett began her tirade.

“You talk about healing the country. If you do not stand up against the impeachment of President Trump after he leaves office, you’re an incredibly weak figure in American history,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said.

“President Trump is trying to heal the nation. Pursuing impeachment after he leaves the office will further divide the country,” Graham added.

“He hasn’t even spoken live once,” Burnett responded, in reference to President Trump. “Have you looked at our nation’s capital, senator? It looks like a war zone ahead of the inauguration because President Trump and his allies pushed baseless lies saying that the election was a fraud.

“And if you wanna talk about weak, Senator Graham might want to look in the mirror, because the definition of a weak figure in American history is this,” she claimed, going on to show a video montage contrast of the South Carolina Republican attacking and praising Trump in the past.

“Senator Graham became the sycophant-in-chief under President Trump,” said Burnett.

“And then there were the times…when he would try to maintain his credibility by pretending to take a stand,” she continued, repeating the oft-debunked “very fine people” claim insinuating that President Trump favorably spoke of white supremacists who marched during a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

Burnett then played clips of Graham appearing to contradict himself regarding Supreme Court nominees, as well as pointing a finger at Trump following the Capitol riots, only to accompany him a few days later on a trip to Texas.

“Once again, time healed all wounds for Senator Graham,” Burnett said. “In this case, time was less than a week. Graham counted himself back in, flew with Trump on Air Force One to see the border wall with Mexico, and heaped glowing praise on him for finally admitting after two months that there would be a new administration.”

Earlier in her show, Burnett — as other CNN hosts have done — blamed President Trump for the Jan. 6 riot, playing a clip of his speech where he urged supporters to “walk” down to the building to provide support for Republican lawmakers as a joint session of Congress met to count Electoral College ballots.

But she did not air the portion of Trump’s speech where he urged supporters to remain peaceful.

“After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down anyone you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong,” Trump said.

“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country,” he added.


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