Fox’s Ingraham slams Lindsey Graham over ‘dangerous and stupid’ call for Putin’s assassination

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Senator Lindsey Graham’s provocative call for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn criticism from some over his rhetoric as the crisis over the invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate, including from Fox News host Laura Ingraham who called his remarks “dangerous and stupid.”

On Thursday, the South Carolina Republican fired off a nuclear-tipped dart of a tweet suggesting that someone in the Russian military could bring an end to the intensifying conflict by engaging in a decapitation strike of the country’s leadership, that being Putin himself who Graham along with many others clearly wants to see him pay the ultimate price for the invasion on neighboring Ukraine.

“Is there a Brutus in Russia?” Graham wrote, a reference to Roman emperor Julius Caesar’s assassin. “Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?” he asked, referring to German army officer Claus von Stauffenberg who led a failed attempt to take out Hitler.

“The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.” Graham added. “You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.”

Ingraham was not impressed with the tough talk and on Thursday’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle” during a segment with Senator Tom Cotton – another hawk albeit one without a hair-trigger Twitter finger – she made it clear that she wasn’t down with such a threat by a high-profile member of Congress.

Teeing up a video clip of former President Obama’s thuggish CIA director John Brennan who suggested that Putin’s “days are numbered, maybe in the double digits,” she tried to pin down the Arkansas Republican about the possibility that such a plot was in the works.

“Senator, is there any intel that you know of that Putin’s days are numbered?” she asked. “I know Lindsey Graham tweeted earlier tonight that basically someone needs to quote ‘take him out’ or maybe I am paraphrasing but he’s basically, someone should assassinate Putin. I don’t know why a sitting U.S. Senator would be tweeting that out, it seems really dangerous and stupid to say that and we like Lindsey Graham but that’s just a stupid comment, but Brennan says his days are numbered.”

Cotton responded, “I’m not aware, Laura, of information that would support that. Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia with an iron fist for 20 years, all of those oligarchs are beholden to Vladimir Putin and, for that matter, they probably hold the same barbaric, ruthless views that he does as well. They all came up together the KGB in the late Soviet era so I’m not aware of any such information.”

“I mean obviously, throughout Russian history, things often seem impossible until they quickly become inevitable but I think it’s a kind of wish casting by Democrats who think something like this may just suddenly happen and absolve Joe Biden from  mistakes over the past year that signaled weakness to Vladimir Putin and emboldened his long-standing imperial ambitions in Ukraine,” he added.

Ingraham tried to get Cotton to comment about Graham’s tweet, asking, “Senator, do you think your colleague should have been tweeting out that Putin should essentially be assassinated by someone, do you think that’s helpful?”

Cotton declined to criticize his fellow senator, saying, “I think what we should all be focused on is trying to get Russian troops out of Ukraine and to save as many Ukrainian lives as possible so they can live in their own nation and make their own decisions by themselves and not have it be imposed on them by Vladimir Putin, that’s where the focus should be.”

Ingraham added, “and hope not to start a nuclear war in the process.”

Many took to Twitter to react to Graham’s incendiary tweet including some of his fellow Republicans.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz asked, “When has Sen. Graham encouraging regime change ever ended badly?”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia called Graham’s tweet “irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged,” adding that America needs “leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom” and “Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations.”

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said that Graham’s tweet was “insane” when he also appeared with Ingraham.

Other reactions to Graham’s call for Putin’s assassination:

Whether Senator Graham walks back his call for the assassination of a foreign leader who has already put his nuclear forces on high alert with multiple U.S. cities likely in the crosshairs remains to be seen.


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