President Biden took a swipe at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday for the GOP lawmakers warning that there would be “riots in the streets” if former President Donald Trump is indicted by the Justice Department.
Admitting politics can be “mean as hell,” Biden told a friendly crowd in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., that America should expect better of its leaders than Graham’s concern of violence if federal prosecutors decide to charge Trump with federal crimes.
FBI’s Aug. 8 search of Trump’s winter home discovered numerous boxes which contained “newspapers, magazines, printed news articles, photos, miscellaneous print-outs, notes, presidential correspondence, personal and post-presidential records, and ‘a lot of classified records.’” Several contained what appeared to be Trump’s handwritten notes.
Of most significant concern: “highly classified records were unfoldered, intermixed with other records, and otherwise unproperly (sic) identified.”classified records were mixed with other documents, the affidavit says, citing a letter from the Archives.
“No one expects politics to be patty cake . . but the idea that you turn on your TV and see senior senators and congressman saying: ‘If such and such happens, there’s going to be blood in the streets,’” Biden bellowed. “Where the hell are we?”
Although he didn’t name Graham, Biden left little doubt that he was talking about the senior lawmaker when he unloaded on Republicans at a speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, near his childhood home of Scranton.
Graham made the outrageous claim on Sunday when he warned prosecutors not to charge Trump despite a growing mountain of evidence against him in the classified documents scandal.
Biden’s speech was billed as a get-tough message on crime. He passionately called for more gun restrictions and for people to back law enforcement.
But it turned into a campaign-style attack on Republicans. He made pitches for Democratic candidates for senator and governor, although it seemed like he mixed up the offices that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Attorney General Josh Shapiro are running for.
Biden aimed some of his harshest broadsides at Republicans who claim to support the police while making excuses for the violence unleashed by extremist Trump supporters on Jan. 6.
“You can’t be a pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection,” he said. “You can’t be a party of law and order and call the people who attacked the police on Jan. 6 patriots. You can’t do it.”