Lindsey Graham to Code Pink Activist: ‘People Like You Are Radical Islam’s Best Hope’


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During a Q&A session with CNN’s Jake Tapper at the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was confronted by Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin who said she was “horrified” by his foreign policy because it’s a “prescription for endless war.” In return, Graham told her that Code Pink represents “radical Islam’s best hope.”

Benjamin was supposed to be asking the Republican presidential candidate a question, but instead held onto the microphone for more than two minutes before security escorted her out of the room. While she still had the floor, Benjamin implored Graham to speak out against beheadings in Saudi Arabia and the Israel’s “repression” of the Palestinians, among other issues.

“Is there a question?” an uncomfortable-looking Tapper asked as Graham chuckled to himself and rubbed his eyes.

“I’m going to put her down as undecided,” Graham joked after Benjamin’s mic had been taken away. While he said he respected her right to express her opinion, the senator said, “I couldn’t disagree with you more.”

“I think people like you make the world incredibly dangerous,” he continued. “I think people like you are radical Islam’s best hope.” He argued that the Iraq War did not create ISIS just as American intervention did not set the stage of 9/11. “You’re not going to fool me that somehow we brought this upon ourselves,” he said.

Following the event, Benjamin tweeted:

Watch video below, via Atlantic Council:

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