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Lindsey Graham gets hammered for reversing himself on Trump tariffs: ‘Go get your shinebox — hypocrite’

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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.

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“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.

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McConnell in a pickle after GOP senator blasts Trump’s executive orders as ‘unconstitutional slop’

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President Donald Trump on Saturday signed four executive orders that may provide economic relief for some Americans as Congress remains at an impasse.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed Trump's moves, despite their dubious legal grounding.

“Struggling Americans need action now. Since Democrats have sabotaged backroom talks with absurd demands that would not help working people, I support President Trump exploring his options to get unemployment benefits and other relief to the people who need them the most," McConnell said in a statement.

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Trump signs executive order which may provide $400 a week of enhanced unemployment for some

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President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive actions extending financial relief to Americans hit by the coronavirus pandemic as polls showed a large majority of voters unhappy with his handling of the crisis.

The four measures marked a presidential show of strength after Trump's Republican party and White House team failed to agree with opposition Democrats in Congress on a new stimulus package aimed at stopping vulnerable Americans from falling through the cracks.

"We've had it and we're going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers," Trump said at a press conference in his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the weekend.

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Lincoln Project only needed 19 words to show 4 fatal flaws with Trump’s payroll tax holiday

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President Donald Trump on Saturday signed an executive order creating a payroll tax holiday that he hopes will become permanent.

"President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection in November, a hard-to-accomplish political gambit that some experts see as a major headache for the future of the country’s entitlement programs," The Washington Post reports. "Trump unexpectedly promised the policy action as he signed a directive that aims to help cash-starved Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order allows workers to postpone their payroll tax payments into next year but doesn’t absolve their bills outright — though the president said he would seek to waive what people owe if he prevails on Election Day."

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