Republican Lindsey Graham praises Schiff’s performance in Senate trial: ‘You’re very well spoken’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is generally one of Donald Trump’s most vocal defenders — but on Wednesday, he offered a kind word to one of the president’s biggest rivals.

In a moment caught on camera by reporters at the Capitol, Graham congratulated lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) on a job well done after the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Good job, you’re very well spoken,” Graham reportedly told the House Intelligence panel chairman as the two shook hands. Take a look:

Lindsay Graham 2.0?

Schiff had spoken extensively on Wednesday on the Senate floor, laying out Democrats’ argument for why, in their eyes, Trump deserves to be removed from office. Schiff’s “performance,” as the Examiner called it, earned him widespread praise from Democratic lawmakers as well as many members of the mainstream media — and, apparently, Lindsey Graham.

Graham has, for his part, been somewhat of a controversial figure in Washington in recent years, a change from his history of more quiet legislating. But that all changed in the fall of 2018, when now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings forced Graham out of the shadows.

The Judiciary Committee head gave an angry speech during the hearings denouncing those accused of smearing Kavanaugh for “destroying” the judge’s life.

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You said that — not me,” the South Carolina Republican railed against Democrats last fall. He then turned to Kavanaugh: “You’ve got nothing to apologize for. When you see [Justices Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagen, tell them Lindsey said hello,” the senator continued, adding that he “would never do to them what [Dems have] done to this guy.”

Destroying Donald Trump

Those comments led to the senator receiving the nickname “Lindsey Graham 2.0,” and his combative style made headlines again soon after when he was caught on video saying:

If you’re the radical left who is trying to destroy the country, you can kiss my a**.

Indeed, while he may have been polite with Schiff in the hallway, those who hope Graham’s interaction with the California Democrat was a sign that the senator will be taking a more conciliatory approach will likely be disappointed; earlier that day, he was back on the rhetorical warpath.

“I’m exposing your hatred of this president, to the point that you would destroy the institution,” Graham said of Democrats at a press conference Wednesday, according to Newsweek.

“If I were the president, I wouldn’t cooperate with these guys at all,” the senator added. “I wouldn’t give them the time of day. They’re on a crusade to destroy this man and they don’t care what they destroy in the process of trying to destroy Donald Trump.”

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