Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday didn’t get off to the best of starts.
Stephanopoulos’ very first question for Graham, a staunch defender of the former president, was if he believed Trump’s claim that he was blameless in the classified documents case that led to Trump’s indictment last week.
“Well, here is what I believe,” Graham responded, before swerving into whataboutism and the right-wing talking point of Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when secretary of state, despite clear differences in the two cases and the fact Clinton was never charged.
“We live in an America where if you are the Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, you can set up a private server in your basement,” said Graham.
Stephanopoulos interrupted and called the senator out for failing to answer the question.
“No, let me finish,” the Republican snarled.
“I’m trying to answer the question from a Republican point of view,” he continued. “That may not be acceptable on this show.”
Graham admitted Trump had done some things wrong, but claimed he was over-charged.
He later returned to attacking Clinton.
Conservative attorney George Conway led the criticism of Graham on social media: