“Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war”: Check out the 10 most absurd things Lindsey Graham has said

It’s no secret Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not conservative. Between his time in the House and Senate, Sen. Graham has served South Carolina for 19 years, and he is set to face a tough primary battle on June 10. If there are any small government-minded, conservative South Carolina voters on the fence as to whether or not Sen. Graham really represents their values, a new article from FreedomWorks should make their decision a lot simpler. On radio this morning, Glenn ran through the “Top 10 Absurd Quotes by Lindsey Graham” as compiled by FreedomWorks’ Julie Borowski.

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“This is fantastic because I want all those who are thinking about voting for Lindsey Graham to really revel in exactly who this guy is and what he’s brought to your great state,” Glenn quipped. “Fortunately, because of the progressive movement, he affects the entire nation… Thank you for that. We appreciate that, South Carolina.”

While the FreedomWorks website provides greater context for these quotes, below are the 10 most absurd things Sen. Graham has said.

WARNING: Get ready for your head to explode.

1. On Syria: “The world is literally about to blow up and our president did not really paint a fair picture of the threats we face.” Source: Huffington Post.

2. “We agree that climate change is real and threatens our economy and national security. That is why we are advocating aggressive reductions in our emissions of the carbon gases that cause climate change.” Source: The New York Times.

3. “I think TARP was necessary because the whole economy was going to collapse and Bernanke, Paulson, and everybody that I know and quite frankly trust, after Lehman brothers went down, that if we had not involved ourselves quickly you’d have a financial meltdown.” Source: Campaign for Liberty video.

4. “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war.” Source: Real Clear Politics.

5. “He [Rand Paul]’s saying now that he wants this President to tell him that he will not use a drone to kill an American citizen sitting in a café having a cup of coffee, who is not a combatant. I find the question offensive. As much as I disagree with President Obama, as much as I support past presidents, I do not believe that question deserves an answer.” Source: Mediaite.

6. “We need to raise taxes to get our nation out of debt.” Source: Face the Nation.

7. “NCLB was a historic effort to bring about accountability to our schools and measure achievement and progress of our students.” Source: Graham Press Release. 

8. “I’m going to vote with my party. I just think oil subsidies have to be part of a bigger package.” Source: The Political Guide.

9. “I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about.” Source: Politico.

10. “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’” Source: New York Times.

Read the entire FreedomWorks article HERE.

When you consider South Carolina is the home of great conservatives like former senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), it is hard to imagine how Sen. Graham has been in office so long.

“South Carolina has really good common sense – good people and good common sense. We would not be talking about this if it was California or if it was any other place,” Glenn concluded. “If it were any other state, we wouldn’t be saying this, but you’re South Carolina. What the hell happened to you?”

  • landofaahs

    The most absurd thing Lindsey has ever said is that he was a conservative.

    • SKIP

      NOPE! the most absurd thing was him thanking me for supporting him when the email should have cost me my clearance and brought in the GESTAPO!

  • Anonymous

    Might as well be Lindsay Lohan.

    • Anonymous

      oh you think she might be better,Maybe? lol

    • melissa


  • http://whitehouse.gov/ Barry DL Soetoro

    http://www.brightforsenate.com/ will be replacing Lindsey…

    • ConservativeAfro

      Lee Bright owes a million or two to 30 different creditors. He will never, I repeat never, be able to defeat Graham with that kind of baggage.

      • Joyce Zandri

        A lesser man would have declared bankruptcy. Lee Bright did not do that. It is precisely because of his business experience that we need him in Washington D.C. He is a man of the people. He has been where we are.

        • Crassus

          Yeah, most of Bright’s business experience has to do with deficits which makes him perfect for Washington.

  • Sargent Pepper

    absurd are the people who vote for him.

    • Emily Harmon


      ◛◛◛ ◛◛◛ ◛◛◛⟱ ◛◛◛ ◛◛◛ ◛◛◛He is a frustration at best to most of us here.

  • Rob Wolgemuth

    Climate change denial is not a conservative position. It is a stupid position. I can’t believe you, Glenn Beck, saying that it’s a “top 10 insane” thing to agree with 97% of scientific studies and the vast majority of Americans (Even more so in Europe) aren’t buying this crummy little ignorance that you’re trying to proliferate.

    • Brandon Figueroa

      It generally has more to do with the environmentalist whackos that use it as a tool to destroy the worlds economy and bring down capitalism while the smarter ones make sure worthless inefficient “green” technologies get massive government subsidies and they rake in a boatload of cash and/or Nobel prizes for slideshows

    • Its me, Bruce

      97% of scientific studies support the notion of climate change? What comic books are you reading? Can you still order sea monkeys from the back of those? btw – sea monkeys aren’t really monkeys. I thought you’d want to know.

      • SKIP

        Right, sea monkeys are very tiny black people. There are also sea gorillas, sea thugs, sea rapists, sea murderers, sea robbers etc. etc.

        • Lucifer

          What? Why the racism?

    • BlueMN

      I’ve got to admit, watching Beck and his little minions ripping the GOP apart makes me happy, especially on things like climate change, bi-partisanship; things most Americans agree on. The GOP is going to be crippled as long as the astroturf-roots Tea Party is around.

      • Anonymous

        you’re an idiot obomba zombie! GOP is way better than any Demoncrat, if you love america no one should ever vote For A Demoncrap ever again!!

      • Randy Gacke

        At least we question our leadership, hold them accountable and think for ourselves. Liberals, on the other hand, drink the Koolaid, jump in the wagon and nod their collective heads up and down like bobble head dolls. I’m not a rocket scientist, but I’d still have to hit myself hard in the head numerous times with a hammer to get down to the level of ignorance of a typical liberal.

        • Guardian

          Right on, Randy.

        • BlueMN

          LOL That’s right, I forgot about all those conservatives who protested against Bush/Cheney by singing Lee Greenwood songs while US troops were goose stepping through Bagdad or spoke out against the USAPATRIOT Act, and how much praise Code Pink and Occupy Wall Street have heaped upon President Obama. Please stay away from rockets.

    • Randy Gacke

      Climate change is a fact. It’s been going on for quite a few years now. I can remember in the 70’s when climatologists said we were all going to freeze to death and very soon. However, man made climate change (alias global warming) is nothing but theory at best and is politically motivated to achieve further governmental power and control. Do you realize that one volcano blowing it’s stack can affect climate change more than anything man could do in probably 100 years? If you believe we are gravely endangered by man made climate change, that tells me two things. One is that you’re a liberal and two is that you’re not particularly bright.

    • Susie Flinchum Hayes

      Rob Wolgemuth If your a man that believes the bible and not a fool Psalm 53:1 The fool has said in his heart there is no God. Genesis Chapter 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

  • Bill

    Senator Lindsey Graham is another wolf in sheep dog clothes…

  • Deckard426

    All Graham cares about is jamming cash into his own pockets, and doing favors for his slimy friends. Wake up, SC!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor
    • Anonymous

      isn’t that what lindsay grahamnesty says to US every time he votes with antiAmerican islam terrorist barryHusseinObombA

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    If you think Lindsey Graham is a conservative than you might be a moron.

  • Eduard Tieseler

    I’m just glad to hear him admit that he was completely wrong and supported a God awful thing, the Patriot act and all of our ‘security’ we needed after 9/11. Because I remember him viciously attacking Ron Paul and those that supported him, and if I recall correctly, Dr. Paul consistently warned about that kind of a program and was the lone vote against it.

  • David Howell

    As a South Carolinian, would very much like to see a conservative alternative to Lindsey Graham win the senate and represent us. He is a frustration at best to most of us here.

    • pam

      I am voting Bill Connor .. So much going on behind the scenes to discredit him and its making many of us very very mad

  • Anonymous

    “Living through your cup of coffee is a good idea but we’re at war.” So funny.

  • PaC SGM (R)


  • Sean Johnson

    Just try writing Mr. Graham. It takes a while to get a response and even then it provides no answers to questions. It’s generally a bunch of gobblety-gook and then something that says that we may not always agree but he’s committed to working for South Carolina. It makes you question whether he even cares about us or just saving his hide.

    I’ve written and called about issues and asked questions. The responses have always been benign and really provide no satisfaction whatsoever. I will have to say that, if nothing else, they are certainly consistent.

  • Anonymous

    Lindsey Graham is, by his own admission a Chamber of Commerce Republican. In other words, he’s a crony capitalist, big government RINO. He’s gotta go.

  • Michael Meehan

    As a whole, SC is a very conservative state. Unfortunately, that title does not correspond to two major cities, Columbia and Charleston. Both of these cities vote very liberal and do not represent the majority of the way SC thinks. This can be seen in people like Lee Bright, Nikki Haley, Trey and Tim Scott. Lindsey Graham just has a HUGE bankroll, mostly from lining his pockets full of cash at the expense of others, and is a very tough opponent. We have been spreading the message about Lee Bright, but unfortunately he is cash strapped and cant put up the hundreds of billboards, tv and radio ads, signage that Grahmnesty (yes, he believes in illegal’s rights and even wanted them to be able to get a drivers license) has.

  • Anonymous

    graham = RINO !!!

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    Here’s some food for thought while riding the long train of abuses and usurpations: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • pam

    Graham went to Egypt to meet Israel and America’s enemies The muslim brotherhood http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/muslimbrotherhood.html Bill Connor knows all about them plus he also served in Afghanistan … He is a man of integrity ,and much more –All the others are running just so they can say they did ( I know too much in my state SC ) and to split the vote – that in itself is a nightmare

  • Anonymous

    Lee Bright – State Senate http://www.brightforsenate.com/
    Richard Cash – Small Business Owner https://richardcashforsenate.com/
    Bill Conner – 23 year Airborne Ranger https://billconnorsc.com/
    Nancy Mace – http://nancymace.org/stand-with-nancy

    Pick one and run with them. Write a little check and send it.

  • Anonymous

    I AGREE with most of what Sen Graham says. He’s one of the few Republicans in the Senate who make any sense. He’s willing to compromise to get things done for the country. He is a real American.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a big mistake to replace him in the Senate.

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