Republicans Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ted Cruz slammed Senator Lindsey Graham’s “unhinged” remarks after the South Carolina Senator called for Vladimir Putin’s assassination.
Graham on Thursday put out a public plea for somebody to ‘take out’ the Russian President.
On social media, he openly wondered if there were a Brutus or Colonel Stauffenberg’s who could do the deed.
Readers will recall Brutus helped assassinate Julius Caesar, and Stauffenberg was the leader of the famous July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
“The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out,” wrote Graham. “You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.”
Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?
The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.
You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 4, 2022
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Slams Lindsey Graham
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In a follow-up message, Graham continued to challenge the Russian people to take action.
“The only people who can fix this are the Russian people. Easy to say, hard to do,” he admitted.
“Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene lambasted Graham over his comments, saying they were “dangerous” and “unhinged.”
“While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged,” she replied. “We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom.”
“Not bloodthirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations.”
While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged.
We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom.
Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations.
Americans don’t want war. https://t.co/l2hqiUbZGv
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) March 4, 2022
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Ted Cruz Joins Greene
Greene wasn’t the only lawmaker to tear into Lindsey Graham for calling on Putin’s assassination.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) called Graham’s proposal an “exceptionally bad idea” and encouraged further major economic sanctions to be imposed on Russia.
“We should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state,” he added.
This is an exceptionally bad idea.
Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves.
But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state. https://t.co/crPGHw9xyJ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 4, 2022
Representative Ilhan Omar (D) also levied criticism toward Graham, saying his comments “aren’t helpful.”
“I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWIII,” she tweeted.
I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWlll. As the world pays attention to how the US and it’s leaders are responding, Lindsey’s remarks and remarks made by some House members aren’t helpful.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 4, 2022
Graham has no intentions of backing away from his call for Putin’s assassination, however.
In an interview on Fox & Friends, he continued to suggest the only way for Putin’s reign of terror to end is to have “Elliott Ness or Wyatt Earp in Russia – the Russian Spring so to speak – where people rise up and take him down.”
Placing the onus on the Russian people is becoming a theme.
Earlier this week, former U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, Michael McFaul, deleted and later apologized for a tweet in which he proclaimed there are no “innocent” Russians because they need to stand up and fight Putin.
“There are no more ‘innocent’ ‘neutral’ Russians anymore,” he wrote. “Everyone has to make a choice — support or oppose this war. The only way to end this war is if 100,000s, not thousands, protest against this senseless war. Putin can’t arrest you all!”