MSNBC, CNN, ABC’s ‘The View’ slam Lindsey Graham on 15-week abortion ban, call it political ‘suicide’


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Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C. sparked confusion and condemnation from media personalities on CNN and MSNBC after conservative lawmakers announced a bill to ban abortion federally after 15 weeks.

The announcement of the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” comes as Democrats continue to hammer Republicans over state laws that restrict abortion access, saying it’s This is a winning question for the party.

CNN political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin said Wednesday that Graham’s decision to go “rogue” against “Republican orthodoxy” on abortion was frustrating, suggesting the senator’s announcement helped cover up the ” terrible” inflation numbers from the Biden administration.

“The question is why is Lindsey Graham crossing the street to punch herself in the face,” CNN’s John Avlon added. “”He hangs a lantern on the fact that there is utter hypocrisy on the issue of states’ rights. This is the opposite of States’ rights. That’s the whole argument that Republicans have been making for a long time, it shouldn’t be decided by the courts, it should be decided state to state. A position we saw Lindsey Graham himself take in August and now he is reversing it.”

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FILE – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S.C., speaks with reporters on Ukraine Aid, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 10, 2022, in Washington.
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Indeed, Graham on more than one occasion has asserted that abortion laws should be determined state by state. Last month, Graham said this on CNN’s “State of the Union”: “I’ve been consistent. I think states should decide the issue of marriage and states should decide the issue of abortion. “

Graham’s sudden announcement also drew criticism from ABC’s The View, which again saw self-proclaimed conservative Farah Griffin question the senator’s political strategy. She speculated that Graham was trying to get “goodwill” with parts of the Republican base, but said she strongly disagreed with the approach. Farah Griffin instead pushed the more common Republican position of deferring to the states.

“How about letting women make that decision, to h— with those states,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg added.

Much of the discussion surrounding the proposed federal abortion ban has been found on MSNBC, with hosts and reporters pointing to the senator’s announcement as a massive policy error and proof of the importance of abortion. for voters in the next election.

Calling Graham “America’s most cowardly opportunistic politician”, far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid called his proposal a “dangerous, ugly and desperate move” to build support ahead of the midterms.

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People gather to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v.  Wade on June 24, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.  Voters in Oregon and Washington told Fox News that abortion, affordable housing and the environment were among their top priorities this election season.

People gather to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Voters in Oregon and Washington told Fox News that abortion, affordable housing and the environment were among their top priorities this election season.
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[Graham’s announcement] is the most definitive proof you’ll ever get that Republicans know abortion, not inflation, not crime, abortion, will be the most important issue for voters in November,” Reid added. .

Meanwhile, MSNBC political analyst Juanita Tolliver suggested that Graham’s abortion bill was less about his strategy as a politician and more about the broader goals of the Republican Party.

“They showed they were determined to control women and pregnant women,” she said in part.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Al Sharpton said Graham had managed to become the backbone of the anti-abortion fight for midterm exams, but maybe not the backbone he wanted.

“It couldn’t have been better for Democrats,” Sharpton added. “I remember growing up I had a mentor who told me Al, if you see a guy on the edge of a cliff about to pass, give him space. Don’t turn into a suicide in homicide. So, I say to the Democrats, back off and let him go over the cliff.”

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Protesters hold signs expressing their opinion during a rally for abortion rights.  People from many different cities came together to support and mobilize for abortion rights.

Protesters hold signs expressing their opinion during a rally for abortion rights. People from many different cities came together to support and mobilize for abortion rights.
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Rising support for abortion could affect November’s midterm elections, with voters viewing abortion as a bigger issue than it has been in previous elections.

A recent Wall Street Journal poll found support for abortion rose five percentage points, from 55% in March, before the Supreme Court overturned Roe, to 60% in August among all likely voters.

Additionally, a large majority of Democrats (83%) said the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization would make them more likely to vote in the midterm elections, while 53% of independents said the same.

A number of Republicans quickly distanced themselves from Grahams’ bill, with some openly rejecting the plan, and others choosing instead to redouble their efforts in the medium term over concerns about the economy and inflation. rather than abortion.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday that he thought the matter should be left to the states and suggested that many other Republicans agreed. Senator John Cornyn of Texas also told CNN that states should manage abortion issues.

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But, Graham appeared to disagree, arguing that the bill could help midterm Republicans and provide an “alternative to the very hardline position of Democratic senators.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olsen and Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.


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