Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is warning everyone that if Donald Trump ends up being charged for his Mar-a-Lago cache of classified documents, there’ll be mayhem in America.
“If they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street,” he said.
“I worry about our country.” Graham, in fact, made the point about “riots” twice — it wasn’t an extemporaneous turn of phrase, but a talking point.
Graham isn’t a disinterested social scientist forecasting the future of the Trump movement. He’s a powerful conservative politician, one of the most influential Trump sycophants on Capitol Hill, and he was talking to the most influential conservative media outlet in the country.
While he expressed a general “worry” about the nation, he didn’t condemn the idea of the riots that he said would follow a Trump indictment.
And his comments about the incitement of riots cast blame on the Justice Department, instead of on the man with a history of grotesque abuse of power who absconded to Mar-a-Lago with sensitive documents.
It should surprise nobody that Trump swiftly shared Graham’s remarks on his failing social media platform, Truth Social.
Trump picked up what Graham was putting down: the need to spread the message that the Justice Department should be afraid of the backlash that could follow from charging him with violating federal criminal statutes.