In a Monday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., discussed the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, declaring that previous foreign policy designed to temper relations between the two countries “sure as hell didn’t help.”
Graham made the remark after being asked by host Joy Behar, “Does it help when he (President Donald Trump) says, ‘mine is bigger than yours?'”
“I’m not so sure that helps,” Graham replied, “But I know this. What we did before sure as hell didn’t help.”
Host Whoopie Goldberg pushed back, saying, “But Kim Jong-Un wasn’t coming for us the way he’s coming for us now,” adding that the name-calling between Trump and Kim has become “ridiculous.”
“You know what’s ridiculous,” Graham retorted, “is to let him have a missile with a nuclear weapon on top to hit us. And Donald Trump is the president who has to deal with this. Every president before him screwed up, Republican(s) and Democrats.”
Graham went on to laud Trump’s national security team, calling them “the best” and declaring that “There’s hope,” before being cut off by Whoopie Goldberg, who was announcing a commercial break.
Prior to addressing the situation with North Korea, Graham spoke about pending immigration reform and a possible deal in Congress regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. According to Graham, such a deal might include allowing individual protections under DACA to continue in exchange for a wall along portions of the U.S.-Mexican border, an end to chain migration and cessation of the diversity immigration lottery.
In the next segment, Lindsey Graham explained the Mueller investigation, the Trump dossier, Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, DOJ’s Bruce Ohr and the texting FBI officials all in a 3-minute wrap-up.
Then he was asked a question about Trump’s mental fitness, and host Joy Behar asked, “Do you think Trump is really smart and a stable genius?”
Graham replied, “I think if he doesn’t call himself a genius, nobody else will.”
“The first thing that I want to tell you, he beat me like a drum. He ran against 17 Republicans and crushed us all, he ran against the Clinton machine and won. You can say anything you want about the guy. I said he was a xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot – I ran out of things to say. He won. Guess what, he’s our president,” Graham said.
“You’re calling him a xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot?” they asked. “I did that during the campaign,” Graham said.
“Is he still all those things?”
“In my view, he is my president and he’s doing a really good job on multiple fronts,” Graham said, adding, “I didn’t even vote for the guy.”
“You didn’t answer my question, Senator,” one of the hosts said.
“No, I don’t think he’s a xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot… as president,” Graham retorted.