Midterms 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham ‘Challenges’ Elizabeth Warren to a DNA Test

Feisty GOP lawmaker from South Carolina called out the Democratic senator — plus funding for the wall and Saudi Arabia — in a 'Fox & Friends' appearance

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced a DNA “challenge” to colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Tuesday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” saying that he, too, will take a DNA test and reveal the results live.

“I’ve been told my grandmother was part Cherokee Indian,” said Graham, who then announced he would be taking a DNA test and revealing the results live on “Fox & Friends” over the next couple of weeks.

“[Elizabeth Warren] is less than one-tenth of 1 percent. I think I can beat her!”

If he “beats” Warren in the genetic test, Graham joked he’ll ask President Donald Trump for “a casino and a million bucks.”

“This is my Trump moment,” he added. “This is reality TV.”

But lighthearted joking was not all that was on the senator’s mind Tuesday morning.

Turning to the more serious topic of immigration reform, he told the “Fox & Friends” hosts that his plan was simple.

“I’d like to do a deal. Full wall funding for DACA,” said Graham.

The senator predicted that Trump will prevail in the legal case related to the President Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and explained that lawmakers will “close the gap” between the amount of wall funding the House and the Senate are proposing.

“Keep it simple,” said Graham, explaining that the deal would not involve chain migration.

About the new caravan of Central American migrants making its way north to the U.S. border, Graham was blunt — and called on Mexico to intervene.

“There is no right to come to America,” said Graham, adding that the caravan situation puts the immigration debate “more on Trump’s terms.”

“Where’s Mexico? Mexico needs to help us. Because last time I checked, you just can’t walk from Guatemala to here without going through Mexico.”

This morning, President Trump threatened to withdraw aid, “effective immediately,” if the Honduran government failed to effectively intervene.

“The United States has strongly informed the president of Honduras that if the large caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately,” Trump tweeted.

“They tried to destroy [Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s] life, and I hope it blows up in their face,” said Graham, moving back to domestic matters and summarizing his feelings on the confirmation hearing process and its aftermath.

“This election now is down to simple things. Are you for what they did to Kavanaugh? Are you for having your government run by a mob, or are you for sort of a rule of law?” said Graham, adding that hallway protesters had literally spat at him.

“They’re going nuts on the other side. The only thing they have left is to yell at you and intimidate you.”

Graham wasn’t done there.

Moving to an additional foreign relations matter, Graham weighed in on the situation in Saudi Arabia; Secretary of State Pompeo has recently arrived to address the matter of Jamal Khashoggi, the missing and presumed dead journalist from The Washington Post.

“Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it,” said Graham, referring to Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, the 33-year-old crowned prince of the kingdom and the son of the king.

“I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us,” said Graham flatly.

“I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy is in charge … I’ve been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate. This guy is a wrecking ball. He had [Khashoggi] murdered in a consulate in Turkey.”

Saying he felt “personally offended,” the senator described MBS as a “toxic” figure who could “never be a world leader on the world stage.”

Saying he felt “personally offended,” the senator described MBS as a “toxic” figure who could “never be a world leader on the world stage.”

Graham further noted that “there is a difference between a country and an individual.” He said the president’s response was up to Trump, but for himself, Graham planned to “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.”

He appealed directly to the kingdom, on the air, saying that MBS had “tainted [their] country.”

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(photo credit, article image: Shutterstock / Lindsey GrahamCC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore)

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.