Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has completely changed his view of tariffs since President Donald Trump threatened them now that he’s enacting them — and social media users were eager to call out his hypocrisy.
The South Carolina Republican and ardent Trump apologist spoke out in January 2017 against the Trump administration using tariffs to punish Mexico for illegal immigration, in a pair of tweets posted less than a week after the GOP president’s inauguration.
“Border security yes, tariffs no,” Graham tweeted at the time. “Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth.”
But that was then, and this is now.
“I support President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Mexico until they up their game to help us with our border disaster,” Graham tweeted Thursday night, after Trump announced the tariffs on his own Twitter account. “The illegal flows from Central America must stop and Mexico needs to do more.”
“If Mexico does not do more we will have over a million illegal immigrants from Central America next year,” he added. “I don’t like tariffs but in this case it is a national security issue and Mexico needs to change their behavior.”
Other Twitter users mocked Graham’s hypocrisy.
Before / After pic.twitter.com/ZQ0S9qajgr
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 31, 2019
— John Mennel (@JKeds98) May 31, 2019
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 31, 2019
Why is this even a tweet? You blindly support him no matter what.🤷🏻♀️
— TiffG 🌸😺🧚🏻♀️🧜🏼♀️🦕🐠 (@TiffGorton) May 31, 2019
Save yourself trouble and pin a tweet that you support Trump on everything! covering for Khashoggi’s murder, endangering Ukraine w Giuliani pressuring people there to falsify info on political opponents to protect Russia, praising Kim Jong Un who executed his officials last mth
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) May 31, 2019
Oh .@LindseyGrahamSC what has happened to you? You still haven’t said anything about .realDonaldTrump insulting your friend John McCain in Japan … or said anything about Trump “in love” with the murderer Kim, who just executed his US negotiators. Oh Lindsey. Where are you?
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) May 31, 2019
I don’t understand how having Americans pay more for Mexican products is going to help the immigration issue.
— bernadette stratton (@batts1900) May 31, 2019
You should probably ask Lindsey Graham what he thinks about your support – he was pretty dead against it in 2017. pic.twitter.com/RNkDvskLqe
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 31, 2019
Tariffs hurt American consumers with higher prices, and even if it does affect the ability of Mexican businesses to sell goods in the US, it will hurt their economy and further incentivize more immigration.
— James Howlett (@JamHowler) May 31, 2019
Of course you do. Now go get your fucking shinebox.
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) May 31, 2019
They don't get any more spineless than Graham.
— LongmontResponds (@LongmontRespnds) May 31, 2019
So, he's either:
1) an ass-kissing hypocrite
2) a mercenary
4) some/all of the above
— Hedgehog of Doom (@Hedgehogged1) May 31, 2019
@LindseyGrahamSC has sold his soul and lost the respect of Americans. Sad!
— Katie (@ksaundersellis) May 31, 2019
Tariffs hurt us.
— Carol (@carolbee2013) May 31, 2019
You know this just hurts American consumers.
— Libby (@LibbyHayes1) May 31, 2019
It's a border problem that he created. Tail wags dog.
— farticus maximus (@DarthZapata) May 31, 2019