Over the weekend, Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was given a stern warning that he needed to follow the rules of decorum for the Senate after he dared to refer to Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan as “dishonest” during a recent hearing, according to reports from The Hill.
Ugh. The audacity of Graham to use such a vile word to refer to a Democrat!
How dare you, sir. How. Dare. You.
Such a term could never, ever apply to someone on the left. There’s never been a Democrat who has told a lie in the history of American politics! It’s outrageous Graham would say such a thing.
Okay, I think I laid it on thick enough.
Anyway, how often have Democrats referred to Republicans in way worse terms, yet have never been issued a warning about decorum? The hypocrisy is astounding.
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According to Newsmax, just last week Hassan introduced an amendment that would repeal a tax on foreign oil similar to one that was proposed by Graham, which, of course, Hassan and all 49 other Democrats in the Senate decided to vote against.
The Hill then pointed out that Graham’s amendment needed to pass over the 50-vote threshold, which means that if just one, single, solitary Democrat had voted in favor of it, it would have passed, whereas Hassan’s vote required a total of 60 votes with the support of 10 members of the GOP.
Graham then made a claim during a hearing Sunday that Hassan “is trying to strike the provisions that she just voted against, but it requires 60 votes. So she can vote for repealing a gas tax she just voted against so she’ll look good for the voters. If you really wanted to repeal the gas tax, the new one indexed to inflation, you should have voted for my amendment.”
The South Carolina senator then claimed that Hassan was being “deceitful,” going on to say, “this gives phony and cynical a bad name,” and adding, “we’re going to call you out.”
The presiding officer at the time of the hearing, Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut, then said to Graham, “The senators are reminded to address each other through the chair and in the third person.”
“And to be mindful of Rule 19,” Murphy went on to say, which states that “no senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.”
Again, I just have to wonder how many times in the past the radical left has called someone a name during a Senate hearing and was given a free pass without even a verbal warning? It’s probably been way more than any of us probably realize.
But if you hold to the right set of ideological beliefs and you have “D” next to your name, well, you’re part of the in-crowd, the “cool kids” and that makes you untouchable. You can bend the rules, heck maybe even break a few, and not a single soul will say a word about it.