Graham On Death Of NYC Police Officers: ‘I Blame The Shooter’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks at the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday avoided blaming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer asked Graham about a tweet from former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) placing blame on de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder.

“I blame the shooter and nobody else,” Graham responded.

When Schieffer asked Graham if he thought the shooting was linked to cases like the death of Eric Garner, the senator criticized the “tone” used by some leaders.

“I think the mayor of New York has probably undercut his cops, and the attorney general is trying to walk a fine line. What happened in Missouri, I understand why the cop had to defend himself. When you see the video in New York – did that man really have to die? But the tone they’re setting around the rhetoric regarding the cops incites crazy people, but I blame the shooter,” Graham said.

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  1. Oh, hey! Sanity from a grandstanding GOPer? Good news. Now, let’s see his fellow travelers follow suit.

  2. Sorry, all that really means is that Graham doesn’t have to go any further and consider the role of the NRA in ALL of these situations.

  3. We’re inundated with dangerous rhetoric everyday there’s always a chance that some nutter will act on it.

  4. You’re not going to blame someone? Where’s the fun in that.

  5. He already re-won his seat, I’d expect this little bit of sanity from him.

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