On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports” and seemingly called for a coup and an overthrow of the government by the people.
He was talking to the people of another country though. He begged Russians to take out President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine.
FNC host John Roberts asked, “When you say all in, senator, would you agree to give Zelensky what he says he wants, which is the long-range attack artillery missiles, would you give him Gray Eagle drones, would you give him Reaper drones, would you give him all that?”
Graham replied, “I would give him the ability to dislodge Russians from his country. Right now, the Biden administration has done more – and I appreciate doing more, but not the offensive capability to dislodge the Russians from the east, particularly Crimea. So, the longer-range weapons would hurt the Russian military more effectively. The drones would be the biggest game changer.”
“How does this war end?” He continued, “When Russia breaks, and they take Putin out. Anything short of that, the war’s going to continue. To ask the Ukrainians to give Russia part of the country after all this death and destruction is not going to happen. To signal a ceasefire, Russia will take the opportunity to rearm and come at them again.”
Graham added, “So, we’re in it to win it, and the only way you’re going to win it is to break the Russian military and have somebody in Russia take Putin out to give the Russian people a new lease on life.”
"How does this war end? When Russia breaks and they take Putin out."
"We're in it to win it."
— René (@thisisnotarose) December 22, 2022
This is not the first time he has called for Putin to be “taken out” either. In March, he told reporters, “I hope he’ll be taken out, one way or the other….Yes, I’m on record. Please….I wish someone had taken Hitler out in the 30s. So yes —Vladimir Putin is not a legitimate leader, he is a war criminal and needs to be dealt with by the Russian people.”
Graham added, “I’m not asking to invade Russia to take him out. I’m not asking to send American ground forces into Ukraine to fight the Russian army. I’m asking the Russian people to rise up and end the reign of terror.”