Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced blowback on social media after claiming Tuesday that members of his own family were not going to work because they were getting unemployment benefits.
The GOP senator said at a budget hearing that enhanced unemployment benefits, which were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, were preventing people from returning to work.
Many people on Twitter assumed the Graham was lying about his family members. Others said that his comments showed that wages in the United States should be higher.
@elwasson @LindseyGrahamSC Nice throwing his family under the bus.— Anita Paul (@Anita Paul) 1623169283.0
@elwasson @LindseyGrahamSC i don't believe a word this lying sycophant and flip-flopping political flounder says,… https://t.co/mqvGwcQIqo— DocBass (@DocBass) 1623168943.0
quite the self own for a guy who mooches $175,000/yr and free medical care from the taxpayers for doing nothing. https://t.co/MEanTaOpJ8— Real Fake P0TUS (@Real Fake P0TUS) 1623170489.0
Unless he reported them for fraud, I'm going to have to say LIE. https://t.co/cJfFdqDLNt— YesBiscuit (@YesBiscuit) 1623171001.0
This is such a bullshit narrative, vilifying people who are unemployment, through no fault of their own, is gross.… https://t.co/bun7vya1DM— Adam (@Adam) 1623168733.0
@thehill So is .@LindseyGrahamSC saying his family members are lazy or are they underpaid in their professions? Won… https://t.co/vxIXKcc3QM— Katherine (@Katherine) 1623172073.0
Empirical evidence that wages are too low. Raise the wages, people will work. https://t.co/1QyRreFnuf— Gary D Lynne (@Gary D Lynne) 1623171335.0
@elwasson @LindseyGrahamSC I’m surprised his family still speaks to him— “Christina Maria”⚖️🍸🧠 (@“Christina Maria”⚖️🍸🧠) 1623170829.0
@elwasson @LindseyGrahamSC LOL. Everyone knows Lindsey Graham has no family.... that speak to him anyways.— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin) 1623168657.0