Lindsey Graham Rattles Saber, Calls for Assassination of Putin

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has triggered a backlash by calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Graham called on Russia to find a “Brutus” – the Roman politician who participated in the assassination of Julius Caesar – or a “Stauffenberg” – the German military officer who attempted to kill Adolf Hitler.

“Is there a Brutus in Russia?” Graham said.

“Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?

“The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.

“You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.

“The only people who can fix this are the Russian people.

“Easy to say, hard to do,” the senator continued.

“Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate.”

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said: “Unfortunately, in such an extremely tense atmosphere, there is a hysterical escalation of Russophobia.

“These days, not everyone manages to maintain sobriety, I would even say sanity, and many lose their mind.”

The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, slammed Graham’s comment as  “unacceptable and outrageous.”

“It is impossible to believe that a senator of a country that promotes its moral values as a ‘guiding star’ for all mankind could afford to call for terrorism as a way to achieve Washington’s goals in the international arena,” he said.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said:

“This is an exceptionally bad idea.

“Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves.

“But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said the world needs leaders with “calm minds & steady wisdom.

“Not bloodthirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said: “When has Sen. Graham encouraging regime change ever ended badly?”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said: “I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWlll.

“As the world pays attention to how the US and its leaders are responding, Lindsey’s remarks and remarks made by some House members aren’t helpful.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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