Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham urged Capitol police to use their guns and recapture control of the Capitol on Jan. 6, a new report details.
“What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them,” Graham told Capitol police, according to an extensive report from the Washington Post, which described Graham as “irate” that Senators were forced to leave their chambers during the storming of the Capitol.
“We give you guns for a reason,” he announced. “Use them.” The Washington Post stated the quotes were based on an unnamed Republican senator with knowledge of the incident.
Graham’s office confirmed the quotes are “accurate” in an announcement to Fox News on Monday.
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Lindsey Graham told police to 'use' their guns against Jan. 6 rioters: 'Take back the Senate!'https://t.co/BPreUKinWR— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 1, 2021
“Graham was quite clear on this point, noting that the backpacks and other items brought into the Capitol could have contained bombs and explosives. The damage could have been much, much worse,” Graham’s communications director, Kevin Bishop, stated.
Graham further called Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, many times and gave suggestions on what the then-President should say, according to the report.
“You need to get these people out of here,” he reportedly told her. “This thing is going south. This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”
Graham has slammed the storming of the Capitol, stating that “warning shots” and “lethal force should have been used once they’d penetrated the seat of government.”
“Yesterday they could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all,” he announced back then. “People coming through the windows had backpacks, as big as my desk on the Senate. They should have been challenged, warning shots should have been fired and lethal force should have been used once they’d penetrated the seat of government. Those backpacks could have had bombs, chemical agents, weapons. We dodged a major bullet yesterday.”
He further pointed to the rioting at the courthouse in Portland, Oregon, in 2020, declaring violence “gets worse” if such behavior is not treated and managed by the legal system and local leaders.
Lindsey Graham was part of the Coup, and in exchange for his treason, he was rewarded with his own reelection being rigged for him. He was running behind in South Carolina polls for 3 months leading up to November 3rd.— Mike Engleman🇺🇲 (@RealPatriot56) November 2, 2021
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“We’ve lost our will and our determination to stand up for law and order. When you let a courthouse be attacked and nobody gets prosecuted, the next thing you know, it gets worse. To all the mayors out there who have discord and unlawful behavior in your city, get on top of it,” he announced.
In September, Trump called out Graham and Sen. Mike Lee as “unwilling to fight for the presidency of the United States,” after reports that Graham was “unpersuaded” by Trump’s allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Graham, though, has maintained supporting a potential 2024 presidential run by Trump.