An escalating crisis at the southern U.S. border has become a hot-button issue in recent weeks, with President Joe Biden and his administration facing widespread criticism over the perceived impact of his rhetoric and actions since taking office.
One particularly critical GOP leader is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who issued a scathing rebuke of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during a recent Fox News Channel interview. He challenged them both to “go to the border” and gain a clearer perspective of the situation.
“God bless the Border Patrol”
His profanity-studded remarks included a demand he issued to Biden and Harris to “get off your a**” and tackle the “Biden administration s***show at the border.”
The straight-talking South Carolina Republican went on to shred the administration for what he described as a clear case of gaslighting the American public in an attempt to quell fears that the border situation is already a full-blown crisis.
Graham and host Sean Hannity spent the segment offering commentary on an exclusive report obtained by Fox News contributor Sara Carter, which revealed, among other things, one case in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were in charge of watching 694 unaccompanied minors.
“God bless the Border Patrol, God bless the customs agents,” the senator said of those tasked with carrying out the Biden administration’s orders.
Citing details in the report, he pleaded with Democrats to show similar outrage now as they did about “kids in cages” during the Trump administration.
“Denying the obvious”
He challenged Biden and Harris to “go to the border and look and see what you have caused by policies that will not work,” urging them to stop “denying the obvious.”
The Biden administration has also faced backlash over its reluctance to allow media access to border detention facilities.
Graham also complained about lack of access ahead of a trip he is set to take to the border later this week, telling Hannity: “If I am denied the ability to look into any place I want to go, we are going to shut the Senate down. I’d hate to be the guy that told me ‘no.'”
The president and others in his administration have been reticent to call the situation on the border a “crisis,” but Graham went even further, labeling it a “national security disaster in the making.”
Only time will tell if Graham and his colleagues will be able to impact the current White House’s immigration policy, but his upcoming trip to the border is sure to spark some headlines.