Using Lindsey Graham’s Words Against Him

Abby Bozek

The following does not reflect the opinion of the Rye City School District. The opinions demonstrated in the following article are solely based on those of the writer, and not on the opinions of the Rye City School District. 


Let’s take a moment to reflect on the words of republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, when there was an opening for a new Supreme Court Justice in 2016. Read this quote, let it sink in, and remember that this was all during the Obama administration. 


“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination…We’re setting a precedent here today, Republicans are, that in the last year – at least of a lame duck eight-year term, I would say it’s gonna be a four-year term – that you’re not gonna fill a vacant seat of the Supreme Court based on what we’re doing here today. That’s gonna be the new rule.” (Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, 2016)


It’s almost as if I don’t need to write this article. The quote simply explains everything. Yet if you are not aware of what is happening at the moment, and why this quote shows some of the most blatant hypocrisy, I will explain it to you. Following RBG’s death, her seat as a Supreme Court Justice is open to being filled by the current administration. Of course, they have the constitutional right to fill the seat, but do they have the moral one? In Lindsey Graham’s own words, if it is during an election year and there is an open seat in the Supreme Court then the current administration should wait for the next administration to fill it. So, isn’t that what he believes now too? Of course not, he’s a politician. He thinks that the current administration under Trump should fill the seat. But isn’t that hypocrictical, and he is being an immoral/unethical politician to his constituents? Yup.


So why does this matter? Well, for a couple of reasons. First of all, it just really shows how hypocritical politicians are and how quickly they’ll change their minds when it benefits them the most, as Graham only now supports the filling of the seat while it’s under a republican administration. Not only this, but it shows senate support of the filling of the seat. And when that seat is filled, it’s not going to be someone that demonstrates the greater interest of America because Trump doesn’t as well. If you are unfamiliar with the electoral college system, it is a majority take all system leading the popular vote to not match up with the electoral vote. This means that Trump actually doesn’t display the mass interest of America, as Hillary won the popular vote. So him choosing someone whose term limit is life is a terrible decision. 


So who is Trump’s pick? Judge Amy Coney Barrett. A judge on the Court of the 7th Circuit in Chicago. She’s been a long time pick for conservatives, as she demonstrates their ideals. If she finds her way into the Supreme Court, she could very well overturn crucial legislation, like Roe v Wade and the Affordable Care Act. She has stated that her personal opinion will not drive her decisions in the court, but what politician actually does this? There’s no doubt that as a law professor at Notre Dame and as well as a 7th Circuit Judge that she’s qualified, but the country at the moment doesn’t reflect her greater interests. The court should find itself as a mirror to the greater interests of its constituents, not the views of the current administration.  


So, in Lindsey Graham’s words, we should wait for the next administration.