Seasoned neocon Lindsey Graham is fuming.
Graham had a heated confrontation with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan over the Trump Administration’s Syria strategy.
At the Munich Security Conference this past weekend, Graham claims that he cursed at Shanahan and “declared him an adversary.”
Graham had choice words for Trump’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria telling Shanahan that it was “the dumbest f—ing idea” he has ever heard.
Graham doubled the down on his opposition to Trump’s withdrawal plan:
“Well, if the policy is going to be that we are leaving by April 30, I am now your adversary, not your friend,” Graham told Shanahan.
Despite the tension between Graham and Shanahan, a Defense Department official told NBC news that the meeting “ended on a positive note”.
Shanahan assumed the role of Defense chief right after James Mattis left the Trump administration, which appeared to be in protest of Trump’s Syria strategy.
Graham’s latest outburst is just a sign of how bitter the DC establishment has become with Trump’s recent decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan.
This culminated in a 68-23 vote in the U.S. Senate, where the political establishment stood firmly opposed to President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Syria
Graham and his swamp minions can whine and pout like petulant children all they want, but they must remember that Trump is President and for all matters concerning foreign policy, the buck stops with the Executive Branch.
Trump was elected on an America First platform that emphasizes securing our own border as and not continuing never-ending wars abroad.
However, it has become abundantly clear that the neocon wing of the DC swamp wants Trump to spend all of his political capital on unpopular nation-building schemes. By getting him bogged down in foreign adventures, it will prevent him from pursuing rational immigration reforms and border security measures—the pillars of his winning presidential campaign.
With individuals in the Trump administration like John Bolton advocating for hawkish actions towards countries like Venezuela, Trump must hold firm and adamantly oppose these schemes.
At the end of the day, Trump should re-assert his executive authority and tell neocon knuckle draggers to pound sand.
This is his administration not theirs.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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