Lindsey Graham roasted for turning his back on a veteran

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is the latest politician to get confronted by someone about his support for President Donald Trump, in a video that is going viral.

The 30-second clip begins with a man approaching Graham in the halls of Congress. Coming across as quite friendly, the man, whom Common Defense identifies as activist Jeff Key, says that he’s from Louisiana, but has a lot of friends in South Carolina.

Common Defense, an organization that represents veterans who oppose Trump, appears to have been the first to post the video. The organization previously posted a video of veterans similarly confronting Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.).

Attempting to create common ground, Key confides that he believes Graham is “berated in the press.”

“I honestly believe that you believe in our democracy as I do,” Key says. Graham agrees.

Warming to his subject, Key shares that he came to Washington, D.C. because he’s a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq.

Then he cuts to the chase.

“I believe that President Trump is not acting in accordance to his oath, the oath that you took and I did,” Key says.

Graham sputters something incoherent.

Key, who remains extremely cordial, as does Graham, asks whether the senator took an oath.

“Yeah, I did,” Graham responds. “I don’t agree with you and I gotta go.” He then beats a path to the nearby office door.

“That’s it?” Key asks. “Yep, that’s it,” Graham says.

Graham turning his back on a veteran didn’t play so well online. Many wryly noted that Republicans habitually use the military as a prop when it’s convenient, but have no qualm ignoring veterans when it’s not. Others recalled halcyon days of long ago 2016 when Graham had principles.

“The cowardice is stunning,” tweeted attorney Mimi Methvin. “How a coward responds to a patriot. Pathetic,” Fred Guttenberg added.

Graham’s Senate opponent Jaime Harrison took the opportunity to score some points with Graham’s detractors.

“This Iraq War veteran is calmly and civilly trying to have a conversation with Senator Graham. Graham *literally* turns his back on him and runs away. This is not what public service looks like,” Harrison tweeted.

Four hours since it was posted, the video already has more than 500,000 views and counting.

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Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.