A political Pandora’s box has been opened, and it could negatively affect Vice President Kamala Harris, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham.
In an interview this week, the Republican politician revealed that he and his Republican colleagues in Congress might move to impeach the vice president for backing and aiding some proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Graham, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, is furious that Democrats blamed the business mogul for the horrific Capitol riot that left several people dead and put the lives of hundreds in danger.
The vocal senator from South Carolina did the interview just hours after Trump’s second impeachment trial concluded with the Senate voting 57-43 to acquit the former reality TV star on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
Graham, who has been against the impeachment trial, said a dangerous precedent had been set. He claimed that Vice President Kamala Harris had committed an impeachable offense by publicly backing a fund that bailed out Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.
In early June 2020, Kamala Harris asked people to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund in the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd.
Graham revealed: “And if you use this model, I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House. Because she actually bailed out rioters, and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open. So we’ve opened Pandora’s Box here, and I’m sad for the country?”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
In an interview earlier this month, Graham said that he attempted to discourage Democrats from advancing with the trial because it would spotlight Kamala Harris.
He explained on Fox News: “If you’re going to pursue this, and you want to start calling witnesses, and you want to drag this thing out, it would be fair to have Kamala Harris’ tape play where she bailed people out of jail. What more could you do to incite future violence, than to pay the bail of the people who broke up the shops and beat up the cops. How’s that not inciting future violence? Be careful what you wish for, my Democratic colleagues, be careful what you wish for.”
Graham revealed that Trump’s heated rhetoric did not incite hundreds of his supporters to storm and destroy the Capitol.
He stated: “The president is a handful and what happened [at the Capitol] on 6 January was terrible for the country. But he’s not singularly to blame. Democrats have sat on the sidelines and watched the country being burned down for a year and a half and not said a damn word, and most Republicans are tired of the hypocrisy.”
Experts say that Graham’s scenario is unlikely even if the GOP takes back the House of Representatives.