In a series of tweets this Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave his opinion that additional testimony in the impeachment effort against President Trump is “unnecessary,” regardless of the leaked revelations from an unpublished manuscript of John Bolton’s upcoming book. According to Graham, “one could assume everything attributable to John Bolton is accurate and still the House case would fall well below the standards to remove a president from office.”
Graham then turned the focus of his thread to Joe Biden, writing that “there is ample evidence for the President to be concerned about conflicts of interest on behalf of Hunter Biden and that Vice President Joe Biden’s failure to take appropriate action was unacceptable.”
Graham later added that there is a “mountain of evidence to suggest the Bidens’ behavior was harmful to the United States.”
This combination, in my view, undercut America’s message on reforming corruption in Ukraine. There is a mountain of evidence to suggest the Bidens’ behavior was harmful to the United States.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 29, 2020
Graham’s contention, of course, was met with a wave of pushback from Trump’s critics on Twitter:
This is not about Biden, I repeat this is not about Biden. It’s about getting to the truth about the clear shadow policy channels established by Giuliani
— tired citizen (@tiredcitizenn) January 29, 2020
Shame on you. You were there! You know Biden acted under the OFFICIAL position of the United States foreign policy and that it had nothing to with his son. Otherwise there would have a been a Justice Dept investigation before now. You know the truth. This is a #GOPCoverup. Period
— Thiscantbehappening (@ShereeOrigi) January 29, 2020
This attempt at gaslighting has failed,
Better luck next time!
Thank you for playing!
Next contestant, please!#CorruptComplicitGOP
— Amontaful asks Senator Toomey to #DoTheRightThing (@acmonta) January 29, 2020
— jen (@Jenhatcher14Jen) January 29, 2020
Absolutely not true.
you're lying again.
Biden acted on the policy dictated by our government not on his personal agenda. Trump tried to use his power to extort an investigation from Ukraine on his political opponent. Trump is corrupt!
— Phydeauz (@Phydeauz) January 29, 2020
Of greater concern to most Americans is the corruption taking place right here, right now with this lawless administration and the senators that enable it.
— Hank (@hammerinhankhar) January 29, 2020
Where is this mountain of evidence. Rudy said he gave it to Fox Entertainment and they say they have not seen the evidence. So Lindsey, let's see that mountain of evidence.
— ChiefCoyote (@MaryolineS) January 29, 2020
John McCain is spinning in his grave over your complicity and corruption in service to Trump. Shame on you
— Mamakuzzy (@mamakuzzy) January 29, 2020
Scared of the truth?
— Mary Ehret (@NativePalate) January 29, 2020
You know, Trump will come for you one day, Lindsey. It will be a time when it's good for him, you'll be expendable, and nobody will be willing to defend you. And you'll deserve their scorn.
— gilley (@gilleyish) January 29, 2020
Things are so bad for Republicans the GOP had to send money to Texas
In 2016, then-anti-Trump Republican Sen. Linsey Graham proclaimed, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." It seems his prediction is coming closer to fruition.
Financial reporting reveals that the Republican Party was forced to send $1.3 million to ruby-red Texas as the election nears.
It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.
"That's never happened before," he tweeted.
He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.
What the London ‘Blitz’ reveals about how much pain and tragedy people can handle in 2020
It's hard to imagine how 2020 could possibly get worse. "If we lose Betty White," a friend said on a drive to the Supreme Court to lay flowers.
So many Americans have lost friends or family members to COVID-19. Thousands of Americans survived the virus only to desperately needed organ transplants and forever will struggle to breathe the way they once did. Others are still suffering without smell or taste even three months after having the virus. Millions of Americans are out of work. Debt is stacking up for those trying to survive in the COVID economy. A lack of health insurance can mean hospitalizations from the virus are putting people into bankruptcy.
Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert
MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.
Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.
"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."