Jon Stewart: Lindsey Graham ‘lives his entire life trapped in The Blair Witch Project’
Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a long look back at Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) panicked history on Monday night, following Graham’s latest warning about the extremist group Islamic state.
“The poor man lives his entire life trapped in The Blair Witch Project,” Stewart said.”For God’s sake, I’ve seen chihuahas in handbags who are less fretful and shaking.”
On Sunday, Graham complained that President Barack Obama’s refusal to commit ground troops to the upcoming campaign against ISIS would allow the group to “open the gates of hell.”
“This is not Somalia, this is not Yemen,” Graham said in an interview with CBS. “This is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again! This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”
Stewart noted that Graham has maintained this level of alarm in his rhetoric since 2001, when he railed against what he called the “politics of appeasement” that threatened to keep Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq.
Correspondent Samantha Bee, though, said that Graham’s comments on Sunday were taken “completely out of context.” Her attempt to explain, however, was cut short by anxious yelling coming from “Graham’s office” behind her.
“What was that?” Stewart asked.
“That is just a high-level policy discussion Senator Graham is having,” Bee said. “Sounds like he is wrapping up.”
Stewart pointed out that ISIS lacks both an Air Force and “a sustainable ideology,” which limits their potential threat on U.S. territory.
“It’s possible for them to cause damage,” he said. “But I believe fewer than ‘all of us’ will die.”
“He knows that,” Bee said of Graham. “He’s just urging caution and vigilance, as he did last month, when he proposed the Mandatory Night Light act of 2014.”
But the commotion continued behind Bee until “Graham” threw something through a full-length mirror.
“Because …?” Stewart asked.
“He caught a reflection of himself and thought it was Saddam Hussein,” a flustered Bee explained.
Watch Stewart and Bee’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.