Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning to gripe that he “can’t explain” what makes Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger — who accused the South Carolina Republican of pressuring him to toss out legally cast ballots — “tick.”
Graham vehemently denied Raffensperger’s allegations during his “Fox and Friends” interview Thursday morning. Raffensperger, a Republican, accused Graham of demanding that he disregard all absentee ballots in counties where there was a high rate of signature-matching rejections.
“We never talked about him throwing out ballots,” Graham said. “We talked about how would you challenge a signature in Georgia.”
After co-host Brian Kilmeade reiterated that Raffensperger accused Graham of pressuring him into throwing ballots away, Graham grew more exasperated as he quipped: “I can’t explain that guy. I can’t explain what makes him tick.”
During his “Fox and Friends” interview, Graham also repeated his claim the day before that he’s unbothered about the possibility of an ethics probe in light of Raffensperger’s allegations.
On Wednesday, an ethics complaint was filed Wednesday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics urging the panel to probe Graham’s conversations with Raffensperger. The complaint was signed by Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics; Claire Finkelstein, faculty director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania; and Richard Painter, who served as former President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer.
After Graham doubled down on his previous complaint that he has “had it with the media” who supposedly “come after me every day” — which echoes what he told CNN the day before that he gets “accused of everything” — the South Carolina senator ripped into the ethics complaint filed against him “by some liberal group out there.”
“It’s not going to work. I’m not going to shut up,” Graham — who has egged on President Trump’s bogus claims of widespread voter fraud and has waged legal battles contesting the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden’s legitimate victory — said. “I’m not going to resign. I am going to fight.”
Watch Graham’s remarks below:
Graham on GA secretary of state: “I can’t explain this guy. I can’t explain what makes him tick." pic.twitter.com/mdzXbkxtPI
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) November 19, 2020