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Politics GOP presidential hopeful Joe Walsh: If John McCain were alive, 'he'd be slapping Lindsey Graham upside the head'

09:30  25 october  2019
09:30  25 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Lindsey Graham , the senior United States Senator from South Carolina and former U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, announced his bid for the Republican nomination for president on June 1, 2015, at an event in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.

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WASHINGTON — Joe Walsh, a former GOP congressman from Illinois who is challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, said that if late Sen. John McCain were still alive "he'd be slapping Lindsey Graham upside the head."

Speaking at the CITIZEN by CNN conference in New York, Walsh was joined by fellow GOP primary contenders, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

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"Shame on Lindsey Graham," Walsh said, "There are so many Republicans in the House and the Senate who have sold their soul to this president. Lindsey is just one of them."

Walsh, who, notably, was backed by the Tea Party during his run for congressional office, used to be a Trump supporter but has since turned critical of the president, including his fiscal decision-making and racial rhetoric. He has called for his impeachment.

Earlier today, Graham introduced a resolution to condemn how House Democrats have been conducting their impeachment investigation of Trump.

The inquiry is investigating whether the president pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter, while the U.S. withheld military aid to the country.

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Of the roughly three dozen Republican lawmakers who protested and temporarily halted the testimony of Defense Department official Laura Cooper on Wednesday, Walsh tweeted: "What you do when you can’t defend a President who’s betrayed his country."

McCain died in 2018 from brain cancer at the age of 81. He was one of the Hill Republicans who was critical of Trump, often feuding with him.

Trump did not attend McCain's funeral at the family's request.

The three men challenging Trump also responded to being called "human scum" by the president as he reserved the harsh term for "Never Trumper Republicans."

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"He's destroying political norms that have been part of the fabric of what has held our country together for more than 200 years," Sanford said. "It comes at great peril, great danger, but it's important that we not dance his dance."

Joe Walsh wearing a suit and tie: 2020 Republican U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. congressman Joe Walsh© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. 2020 Republican U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. congressman Joe Walsh

Contributing: Nicholas Wu, William Cummings and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: GOP presidential hopeful Joe Walsh: If John McCain were alive, 'he'd be slapping Lindsey Graham upside the head'

Romney, Collins, Murkowski only Senate GOP holdouts on Graham's impeachment resolution .
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Friday that all but three GOP senators had signed onto his resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have not yet signed onto the resolution, according to an updated list of co-sponsors shared by Graham the day after he introduced the measure. Spokespeople Murkowski and Collins didn't immediately respond to aGOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have not yet signed onto the resolution, according to an updated list of co-sponsors shared by Graham the day after he introduced the measure.

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