Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) shocked many on Thursday night when he called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be assassinated.
As Business Insider reports:
Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for the Julius Caesar-style assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The only people who can fix this are the Russian people.
Easy to say, hard to do.
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 need to step up to the plate.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 4, 2022
Graham is not the first conservative American figure to call for Putin’s assassination in the week since Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Fox News host Sean Hannity floated the idea that Putin should be assassinated during a March 2 episode of his podcast, “The Sean Hannity Show.”
Some Russians, too, have advocated for a regime change in their homeland. Businessman and US-based crypto investor Alex Konanykhin put a $1 million bounty on Putin’s head this week, calling for military officers to arrest him as a war criminal.
Many condemned Graham’s statements however, claiming that they were highly irresponsible coming from a sitting senator and could potentially lead to further military escalation with Russia.
Who are these people?
@bdomenech, how have your other “strategic assassinations” worked out for America previously?
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) March 4, 2022
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