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Lindsey Graham jokes about killing Ted Cruz at Washington Press Club dinner

February 27, 2016 at 6:47 am 14 News

“If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you,” Republican senator Lindsey Graham said in remarks skewering his party’s presidential field at the Washington press club foundation dinner on Thursday night.

The Texas senator, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is extremely unpopular among his congressional colleagues.

The dinner is convened by news organizations with a footprint in Washington and features stabs at comedy by elected officials. It is not to be confused with the White House correspondents’ association dinner, which in recent years has become celebrity-filled and at which the president typically speaks.

The Republican party has gone “batshit crazy”, Graham told the crowd, referring to the presidential race.

And he noted that he himself had dropped out of this year’s presidential race and promptly endorsed former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who subsequently dropped out. Graham put on a white “Make America Great Again” hat and said: “I endorse Donald Trump and hope the Graham magic still exists!”

In reference to Cruz’s birth in Canada and the false belief held by about 10% of self-identified conservatives that Barack Obama was born in Africa, he added: “I will say that our Canadian is better than your Kenyan.”

He continued: “I know exactly when Ted is going to drop out of the race. March 12 – that’s Canadian week in Myrtle Beach, when all of our Canadian friends get 10% off.”

Myrtle Beach is a popular resort and tourist destination in South Carolina, Graham’s home state, and the city is hosting a Canadian-American Days festival beginning March 12.

Graham had some zingers for Florida senator Marco Rubio, too, whom Graham called “the boy wonder”. Rubio is 44, a year younger than Cruz.

“I’m not saying he would change his positions, but he would change his positions,” Graham said, in reference perhaps to Rubio’s calibration on immigration reform.

“The Secret Service’s main job if he’s president is to keep him hydrated,” Graham said, in reference for sure to the time Rubio had to sneak a drink of water during his response to a state of the union address.

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  1. baitfish February 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Couldn’t that be considered hate speech, or an indirect threat on the life of a presidential candidate? Lindsey would do well to keep his RINO mouth shut.

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      ltuser February 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      If i was to say “man lets go beat up dem blacks” it is hate speech and a crime. SO why is this waste of air, allowed to say “lets kill cruz” and get away with it??

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  2. Marjorie Wooster February 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

    No one could epitomize more the reasons why we have the candidates we have today than Republicans such as Graham, McCain, McConnell, Boehner, etc. When is the Republican Establishment going to pull its head out of the sand, wake up from their coma and understand today’s voter environment? We are finally through with the empty promises made just to get into office so they can become powerful, corrupt and eventually wealthy at the voter’s expense. Enough is enough, is enough, is enough! Responsible voters who love this country have at last awakened and determined to take back their country.

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    • ladysun56 February 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Well said, Marjorie! Grahamnesty and his ilk have done nothing to advance the Conservative cause, let alone stand on Constitutional principles.

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  3. capricorn1 February 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    get your food,water, and ammo war is comming under barry the kenyan sotero yes i said it he hates america white folks capitalism and he has let the country be overun with muslims and trash from every ***hole migrate here illegaly our own government both parties just as guilty lawlessness rules under barry sotero.

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  4. lowlife February 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I can’t imagine any higher praise than being despised by the corrupt idiots that compose the Senate today — the only principle they have is to preserve themselves in office and increase their power. No more than ten percent of them are tolerable, and half of those aren’t good enough to be there.

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  5. tag100 February 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Lindsey (Light in the Loafers) Graham is very confused he believes he is still relevent and the people are interested in his opinions…Denial of reality seems to be the norm for establishment politicians.

    Lets hope that will be over soon and we can populate the party with more people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz!

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  6. greyguy February 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    There are candidates on both sides saying what we want to hear and many not so much and seem clueless in terms of what we really want. The real question is what will they do… And how will it affects us. Then comes Congress and how they will react to which ever candidate wins, that combination will be the interesting test of getting things done. Reagan had a way of going around Congress and speaking directly to the people and shaming Congress into action, but these days politicians seem not to care a lick what we the people think, I know mine seem not seem to care about logic. So it boils down to who do you trust and how far.

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  7. jjb54 February 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    How much of this will come back to bite Graham in the ***?

    I have to be honest – how many people are still even listening to this idiot??

    Did Graham have to pay to speak???

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  8. wildfire February 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    All the establishment types who are ‘coming out’ for the donald are reason enough for me, if I didn’t already have some many more, to not support him. If you people think barry sortero is bad just wait. You want donald, well if and when you get him don’t come crying to us who told you.

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  9. austinniceguy627 February 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    While just about ANYONE could do that to the moron Graham and achieve the same results.

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  10. jazurell February 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Lindsey, You really should not give speeches when you are drunk…You weren’t drunk, then you should be charged with threatening Cruz’ life…..

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  11. Bobinms February 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Have you ever seen anything like this? As if on cue everyone jumps on Trump and he’s compared to every bad person in history. When he announced I knew it would be bad because I saw what the Establishment did to get senator Cochran re-elected. Nothing is beneath them. When he announced, I told myself he had my vote despite all the mud that WOULD be slung. But even I am surprised it has hit these levels.

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  12. not2late February 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I want to thank CNN for perfectly positioning their company’s watermark on the screen.

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