Lindsey Graham Blames Maddow, Hannity for Polarization
Lindsey Graham sat for an interview with Chuck Todd on Tuesday, fielding issues ranging from whether he’s conservative enough to win, to his thoughts on the GOP’s stance on climate change. When the NBC host asked for his explanation for the nation’s ideological polarization, Graham cast part of the blame on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox New’s Sean Hannity.
Saying that it would make it’s own sketch on Saturday Night Live, Graham imagined what it would have been like if the Constitution were being signed today. “So, you’re at Philadelphia Hall, you’ve got satellite trucks parked outside, Ben Franklin comes outside and Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity jump on him, ‘Don’t give in, Ben,'” said Graham.
Graham talked about the pressure felt by congressmen when dealing with various issues and political proponents. “Just think how hard it is in today’s 24/7 news cycle, talk radio, cable television and money,” Graham said. “There is a group telling you to say no about everything… and to get into politics, look at how many pledges you have to sign.”
Graham expressed confidence on his ability to pass legislation alongside fellow congressmen, but said that 24-hour media reporting, “sometimes incorrectly”, makes it difficult to get things done. “I think a constant combination of money and the 24 hour news cycle has made it pretty hard to find common ground.”
You can watch the interview here, via NBC:
[h/t Washington Examiner]
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