Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) received a rare reprimand for failing to follow Senate decorum rules after she attacked Sen. Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) for a voting tactic early on Sunday, reported The Hill.
Graham directly addressed Hassan, calling his actions “misleading” and “dishonest”, during a debate over the repeal of a tax on foreign oil.
“It gives the fake and the cynical a bad name,” Graham said in a video shared by Forbes. (Watch it below.) “They wouldn’t let you do that in pro wrestling. If you think people are that stupid, you’re going to be wrong.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the president, called out Graham for attacking the motives of a fellow senator and for addressing Hassan directly instead of through the president and with references to a third party nobody.
Murphy reminded Graham and all senators not to “imput upon any other senator or senators any conduct or motive unbecoming or unbecoming of a senator,” according to The Hill.
Hassan, along with 49 other Democratic senators, voted against Graham’s proposal to remove a tax on foreign oil, then moved a similar amendment that required more votes ― and would never have garnered enough support, even with Hassan and a few Democrats joining all the Republicans. senators.
“What she’s doing is trying to delete the provisions she just voted against, but that requires 60 votes,” Graham said, according to the NH Journal. “So she can vote to repeal a gas tax she just voted against so it looks good to voters. If you really wanted to repeal the gas tax, the new inflation-indexed, you should have voted for my amendment,” Graham said.
“What you’re doing is deceptive, it’s dishonest, and we’re going to call you!” He continued. Boos erupted in the room.
“Senators are reminded to address one another through the Speaker and in the third person,” Murphy said, warning lawmakers “to address all remarks through the Speaker in the third person.” person and to take into account article 19″, he added.
Graham “settled” after being reprimanded, The Hill noted.