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‘We’d told them to go to hell,’ Lindsey Graham says of ceasefire calls after 9/11

The South Carolina Republican interviewed with Fox News after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke for more than 40 minutes about Jew-hatred on the U.S. Senate floor.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 8, 2015. Credit: Al Teich/Shutterstock.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 8, 2015. Credit: Al Teich/Shutterstock.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an “eloquent presentation” on the Senate floor on Nov. 30 about rising antisemitism.

“He’s right about that,” Graham said. “Thirty 9/11’s for Israel occurred on Oct. 7; 1,200 Jews were slaughtered in their homes. The biggest killing of the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

The South Carolina Republican noted the recent antisemitic city council meeting in Oakland, Calif. “People praising Hamas,” he said. “The Democratic Party supports the Palestinians over the Israelis for the first time in polling last year. So this effort from my Democratic colleagues to put restrictions on money going to Israel to defend themselves is sick and absurd.”

Calling for a ceasefire in Gaza is “nuts,” Graham added.

“What would we have said to a group that asked us to have a ceasefire after 9/11,” he said. “We’d told them to go to hell.”

The senator’s advice to colleagues across the aisle: “Support Israel without conditions,” he said. “Allow them to destroy Hamas before it’s too late for the Jewish state. … Tell all these crazy people to shut up.”

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