Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Senator Lindsey Graham’s assertion that he’s “fine” with Trump cheating on his wife with various sex workers and models and lying about it. In a simple retweet comment to an article from The Daily Beast, she said: “Didn’t he impeach Bill Clinton over the same thing?”
Ocasio-Cortez followed up with a direct quote from Graham about his beliefs around impeachment.
“‘You don’t need to have been convicted of a crime. Impeachment isn’t about punishment. It’s about cleansing the office.'”
“Sen. Graham himself established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment,” she concluded.
“You don’t need to have been convicted of a crime. Impeachment isn’t about punishment. It’s about cleansing the office.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 14, 2018
Sen. Graham himself established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment. pic.twitter.com/s4937hsKaB
Lindsey Graham defended Trump’s constant lying, including the lies around his affairs, in a recent interview with Fox News. When he was asked if he believes everything Trump says on the allegations that he violated campaign-finance law, Graham was straightforward in his answer.
“No. He’s always under siege. He is saying this one minute and that the next. It’s what he does that matters.”
Lindsey Graham: I’m fine with Trump "lying about sex" https://t.co/JFoTVlJgBY— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 14, 2018
He then went on to bring up the Bill Clinton impeachment himself, saying he voted against “that article of impeachment,” referring to the perjury charge related to the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. In the Fox News interview, Graham claims he voted no to that single article of impeachment because “I think most people, blindsided, would lie to protect their family.” At the time of Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings, however, Graham gave a different reason.
“Rep. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the only Republican to defect and vote no, said he gave Clinton ‘the legal benefit of the doubt’ because of a confusing definition of sexual relations used in the Jones case,” reads an article from 1998.
In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez brings up the fact that in spite of voting against that article of impeachment, Graham was generally in favor of impeachment and voting for impeaching then-President Bill Clinton.
“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” Graham said in January 1999. “Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
Of course, Donald Trump has been implicated in more than lying about sex. The current president may end up facing charges of being a co-conspirator in the violation of campaign-finance laws for which his lawyer, Michael Cohen, will spend three years in prison.