Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were quick to slam him for that comment.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was quickly chastised by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for his remarks suggesting Russians should assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this will end is if someone in Russia takes that guy out You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service,” Graham tweeted Thursday night. “Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness, you must take the lead.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted, “I really wish our members of Congress would cool her down and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avert WWIII. As the world prepares pay attention to how the United States and its leaders react, Lindsey’s remarks and the remarks made by some members of the House are not helpful.”
But some of Graham’s Republican colleagues were also offended by his comments. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called Graham’s suggestion a “really bad idea.”
“Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil and gas; and provide military aid so Ukrainians can defend themselves,” Cruz tweeted. “But we shouldn’t call for the assassination of heads of state.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., known for her frequently controversial Twitter stances, also chided Graham, calling her stance “irresponsible, dangerous and unbalanced.”
“We need leaders with calm minds and steady wisdom. Not bloodthirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet hard demanding assassinations,” Greene tweeted. “Americans don’t want war.”
The administration imposed a series of sanctions on Russia aimed at stifling its economy. Some lawmakers have called on the Biden White House to go even further, asking for additional sanctions and a ban on Russian oil imports into the United States.
But Graham’s call, which he repeated on Fox News last night, goes far beyond what other lawmakers have sought.
The White House didn’t even call for Putin’s ouster.
During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos pressed Vice President Kamala Harris on what the United States hopes will be the end of the game for the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin.
“What is the best possible outcome here? Does the United States want the Russian people and Putin’s other oligarchs to rise up and overthrow him? asked Stephanopoulos.
“Well, what we want is for him to leave Ukraine. What we want is for the Ukrainian people to be free and to be safe,” Harris said, stopping before calling for Putin’s impeachment.
Graham has been a vocal critic of Putin for years and in recent weeks has called on the administration to impose tougher sanctions on the Russian leader, his oligarchs and his exports.
On Thursday, Graham led a bipartisan group of senators to introduce a resolution encouraging the investigation of Russia for war crimes in Ukraine.