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(Video Credit: Senator Lindsey Graham)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) not only warned on the Senate floor about the duplicitous deal cut by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to raise the Democrat debt ceiling, he also admonished Republicans at a private lunch that former President Trump will crush senators who vote for it.
On Wednesday, Graham bluntly told his colleagues at the Senate Republican Conference that McConnell was putting Republicans in a position to get “shot in the back” over the devil’s deal that was being struck to raise the debt limit.
The senator claimed that McConnell went back on his word from earlier in the year to not help the leftists raise the debt ceiling.
He then warned Republicans that “the president is going to be engaged on this issue.”
Two people confirmed that was when he declared that McConnell had “led them on a charge up a hill and they were getting shot in the back,” according to The Hill.
“I think this is a mistake, but we’ll see what happens,” Graham told The Hill. “We’ve been telling our Republican base for four months, ‘[Democrats] are spending money by themselves, they should raise the debt ceiling by themselves through reconciliation.’ ”
He went on to comment that “a lot of people believe that changing the rules so they can do it without reconciliation is helping.”
“It’s pretty obvious to me that this will not be received well by the Republican faithful, including Donald Trump,” Graham contended.
Trump slammed McConnell on Wednesday evening in a statement for agreeing to a special process for raising the debt limit with a simple majority.
“Mitch McConnell just folded on the Debt Ceiling, a total victory for the Democrats — didn’t use it to kill the $5 Trillion Dollar (real number!) Build Back Worse Bill that will essentially change the fabric of our Country forever,” Trump asserted in a statement that was released through his political action committee.
President Donald J. Trump:
“Mitch McConnell just folded on the Debt Ceiling, a total victory for the Democrats—didn’t use it to kill the $5 Trillion Dollar (real number!) Build Back Worse Bill that will essentially change the fabric of our Country forever. The Old Crow’s pic.twitter.com/2elSOpNxl2
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) December 9, 2021
“The Old Crow is a disaster!” he raged at McConnell.
McConnell needs ten votes from Republicans to help the Democrats raise the debt ceiling on Thursday. Graham’s warning may scuttle the pact. Originally, McConnell believed he had 18 Republican votes for his deal.
“Somebody needs to get to Donald Trump and tell him to shut up about this,” said one anonymous Republican to The Hill, who remarked that Graham’s warning about Trump is having a chilling effect.
“Graham was warning us about what Trump was going to do and ‘May God have mercy on your souls,’” he commented.
McConnell tried to have it both ways Wednesday on the Senate floor, arguing that once Republicans vote with Democrats on a bill to establish a special legislative pathway to raise the debt ceiling, Democrats would be forced to raise the debt limit on their own. Republicans don’t seem to be in the mood for buying that piece of swamp.
“The whole country understands that Democrats own this mess. They have seized one-party control of the economy, so you better believe they’ll have one-party accountability for the resulting nightmare,” McConnell declared from the Senate floor.
“Every single Senate Democrat will have to put their name to the gigantic dollar amount of debt they’re prepared to pile on the American people,” he said.
(Video Credit: The Hill)
“When you tell people you’re going to do one thing and you don’t, it never ends too well,” Graham noted on Wednesday.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a member of McConnell’s leadership team, stated on Wednesday to The Hill that he would not vote to create the special pathway because he doesn’t want to give Democrats any help to raise the debt limit.
“I’m not voting for the debt ceiling increase,” he remarked. “It’s really frustrating. Democrats want to go spend all this money but they don’t want the responsibility to raise the debt ceiling. I don’t actually believe we ought to raise the debt ceiling. I think we ought to figure out how to live within our means.”
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