Sen Graham sees President Trump as exactly the type of leader we need to fight the war on terror, to move away from the criminal justice mindset to a wartime footing…
Shannon Bream welcomed Senator Lindsey Graham into the studio who, absent the bad influence of RINO John McCain, is at least giving the appearance of moving towards an acceptance of President Trump and a willingness to work with him.
She first plays a clip of the Andy and Bill dog and pony show, promising more of the same in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in New York City. The actions of authorities in refusing to answer questions as to whether or not the terrorist had shouted “Allahu Akbar go a long way in reinforcing the perception that nothing will change.
Bream notes the official response was that the terrorist had “made a statement.” They also didn’t reference reports that he left behind writings pledging his allegiance to ISIS. Bream asked Senator Graham about communications he’s had with the President on the issue earlier in the evening.
Graham said, “The one thing I like about President Trump, he understands that we’re in a religious war, and to the American people, we’re fighting people who are compelled by their religious views to kill us all. They kill fellow Muslims who don’t agree with their view of Islam, they kill Christians and vegetarians, libertarians, Jews, you name it.”
He says, “We’re in a war and for the last eight years the Obama administration turned the war into a crime. So I talked with the President tonight. He is right to make sure that when somebody comes into our country from a place where radical Islam, and that’s the enemy, thrives, that we’re going to ask extra-hard questions.”
“He’s also right, says Graham, “to look at this as a war. The last thing I want this guy to hear tonight is ‘you have a right to a lawyer.’ The last thing he should hear is his Miranda rights. I’ve been a military lawyer for 33 years, there’s enough evidence to believe that he qualifies as an enemy combatant under the law of war.”
Graham says, “He can be held by our intelligence community for as long as necessary to find out, did he act alone and was he part of a bigger plot. So I hope President Trump will break the cycle of turning the war into a crime by declaring this guy a suspected enemy combatant, hold him under the law of war until we know exactly who he is and what he did.”
Senator Graham points out, “Here’s what I like about President Trump. The gloves are off. He’s telling the military you can go after these guys wherever they go, you can kill em when you find em, you don’t have to watch them drive away. Now he’s got a chance to tell the American people the homeland is part of the battlefield.”
Graham remarks, “I hope that President Trump and his team tonight will tell the American people ‘we’re going to hold this man as an enemy combatant under the law of war until we can find out whether or not he really is part of an enemy network.”
Bream asks what is different under this administration than the one before it. Graham has no problem identifying major corrections that have taken place, including allowing military leaders to make their own decisions as opposed to being micromanaged out of the White House.
He adds that the latest executive order allowing for extreme vetting that is tailored to each nation is very lawful and should be fought all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. He’s sounding a lot like the common ground with President Trump may have convinced him he’s not the enemy Graham originally saw him as. Getting away from that neocon grump from Arizona surely has helped.
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