Hypocritical Lindsey Graham Wants Aid For South Carolina

Lying Hypocrite Wants Help For South Carolina, Denies Voting ‘No’ On Hurricane Sandy Aid (VIDEO)

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer wastes no time. Sen. Lindsey Graham had barely sat down in The SItuation Room on Tuesday when Blitzer lit into him:

“A BILLION dollars this is going to cost you guys in South Carolina?” 

That’s how much federal aid Lindsey Graham requested earlier that day from his colleagues in the U.S. Senate. From the Senate floor he declared, “South Carolina is really under siege,” due to the torrential rains and floods. Graham then ticked off his list of damages:

“550 road closures, 150 bridges closed, 26,000 and climbing without power, 40,000 and climbing without water, nine deaths and the economic damage we don’t know yet.”

Oh, and then there are all those dams and levees that are about to give way. But wait…Since you’re one of those so-called “Christians,” don’t floods mean the Guy Upstairs is mad at you? Luckily for you, most of us don’t believe in such nonsense.

Turning to Wolf Blitzer, Lindsey Graham renewed his pitch for his billion dollars in federal aid to help repair damages and assist flood victims in South Carolina:

“We’re going to need your help and everyone else’s help, it’s probably gonna be more than that. So, rather than put a price tag on it, let’s just get through this thing, and whatever it costs, it costs.”

Graham’s request sounds entirely reasonable. When you’ve got roads and bridges shut down and thousands of people without water and power, money should be the last thing a wealthy nation like ours should worry about. There’s just one little problem…

Lindsey Graham voted against Federal aid For Hurricane Sandy.

That’s right. Back in 2013, Lindsey Graham and many of his fellow Republicans voted against federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. That’s right. When Graham’s colleagues from New Jersey and New York pleaded for help with the utter devastation wrought by a Category 3 super storm that left much of the mid-Atlantic coast in shambles, Graham voted “no” because he didn’t give a fuck.

“Your critics are already saying you want funding to help the people of South Carolina, but — correct me if I am am wrong — you voted against the funding package for the folks in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy.”

Of course, Lindsey Graham glanced up like a deer in the headlights and denied ever doing such a thing.

“I’m all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don’t really remember me voting that way.”

So Wolf Blitzer tried to refresh the South Carolina Senator’s memory:

“It was a big aid package that apparently you and a lot of southern senators voted against.”

Dang. That must have happened while Lindsey Graham was possessed by Lord Voldemort, because normally he’s “a pretty kind-hearted fellow.”

“Anyway, I don’t really recall that, but I’d be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did. I’m a pretty kind-hearted fellow […] and we try to be there for friends and neighbors, so hope they’ll be there for us.”

Well, guess what. He’s not a “kind-hearted fellow.” If he were, Lindsey Graham wouldn’t be a Republican. Face it, any one who’s a member of a political party that would deny aid to their drenched and shivering northern neighbors after the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history is a stunningly callous and heartless person indeed. These are the same people who would rather deny children food and shelter than ask their rich sponsors to pay their share in taxes.

It’s also very interesting how Graham made the following assurances to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate:

“We’re going to ask only ask for what is responsible, we’re not going to ask the Federal government to do anything that’s beyond the responsibility of the government.”

But — NEWSFLASH!!! Lindsey Graham — Since you’re a Republican whose climate change denial and vicious budget cuts have left your state and our nation woefully unprepared for emergencies like the floods that besiege your state, guess what? According to your own party’s platform, the U.S. government isn’t responsible for ANYthing. Over and over again, you’ve voted not to help people, not to solve problems, not to prepare for emergencies, and not to fix things

Now you want help for people in your state so voters don’t come after you with torches and pitchforks and ride you out on a rail. And guess what? You’ll probably get it. Why? Because your fellow Republicans will have your back and because Democrats are suckers who’ll always vote to help people even when it’s against their best interests.

And when the food, supplies, construction crews and money comes flooding in, hopefully your constituents will thank their lucky stars that not all lawmakers are as mean as you.

Here’s the video with Lindsey Graham getting skewered by Wolf Blitzer:

Photo: Video screen grab/CNN.