White House responds to Lindsey Graham’s strangely timed gift to Dems

The White House along with the entire political left reacted to a strangely timed announcement by Senator Lindsey Graham on a proposed bill to ban abortion nationwide in most cases, a move that could galvanize Democrats with the critical midterm elections less than two months away and control over Congress hanging in the balance.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican held a press conference to roll out his legislation that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks at the federal level, just under three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a historic ruling that sent the decision on the controversial practice back to the states.

Acknowledging that “abortion is a contentious issue,” Graham said, “We will introduce legislation…to get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world.”

“I look forward to the debate, I look forward to the vote. If we take back the House and Senate, I can assure you we’ll have a vote on our bill. If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if we’ll ever have a vote on our bill,” he added.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement slamming Republicans after Graham’s announcement: “Today, Senator Graham introduced a national ban on abortion which would strip away women’s rights in all 50 states. This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe.”

“While President Biden and Vice President Harris are focused on the historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, health care, and energy – and to take unprecedented action to address climate change – Republicans in Congress are focused on taking rights away from millions of women. The President and Vice President are fighting for progress, while Republicans are fighting to take us back,” she said.

“President Biden and Congressional Democrats are committed to restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade in the face of continued radical steps by elected Republicans to put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives,” the statement read.

Jean-Pierre also fielded questions about Graham’s surprise announcement during Tuesday’s daily press briefing, calling the proposed bill extreme.

Judging by the reaction from Resistance Twitter, Graham’s legislative Molotov cocktail could potentially burn down any hope of the GOP retaking the upper chamber in November which was already looking like a tall order after Mitch McConnell trashed candidates endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump.

Others were left scratching their heads over what appears to be a major unforced error by Graham.

Republicans who were willing to go on record questioned the wisdom of Graham’s September surprise.

Politico reported that Texas Sen. John Cornyn suggested that Graham may have “gone a bit rogue with his latest legislation.”

“That wasn’t a conference decision. It was an individual senator’s decision,” he said.

“There’s obviously a split of opinion in terms of whether abortion law should be decided by the states … and those who want to set some sort of minimum standard,” Cornyn added. “I would keep an open mind on this but my preference would be for those decisions to be made on a state-by-state basis.”

GOP Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina suggested that it was more important to hold Biden’s feet to the fire on the economy, especially after the latest disastrous CPI figures were released, showing 8.3 percent inflation in August.

“That’s what we ought to be focusing on,” he said.

“Bad idea,” Chris Mottola, a GOP strategist and ad maker said. “It rips open a political sore. The political environment was moving back to economic issues. It further nationalizes an issue that works against Republicans generically.”

Sen. Graham has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, first for saying that if the Justice Department brings an indictment against former President Donald J. Trump, there would be “riots in the streets” and now this, both only serving to support the establishment’s false narrative about “MAGA Republicans” being extremists.

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