Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on Fox News this week to tell host Maria Bartiromo that the COVID-19 stimulus that is currently being pushed through Congress by Democrats includes “reparations” for black farmers.
“[W]hat a difference a year makes Maria. March of 2020, we passed a $1.9 trillion bill, the same amount of money, 96-0, because we understood the need to fight COVID,” Graham said, according to The Hill. “A year later, March 2021, the Democrats have the House, the Senate in the White House. And what did we tell you? If they get everything, they’re going to run us over. This is out-of-control liberalism. And in this bill, as Kevin said, most of the money’s not spent this year; 90% of it’s got nothing to do with COVID.”
Graham went on to expose what he says is the bill’s “reparations” for black farmers.
“But let me give you an example of something that really bothers me,” he added. “In this bill, if you’re a farmer, your loan will be forgiven up to 120% of your loan, not 100%, but 120% of your loan, if you’re socially disadvantaged, if you’re African-American, some other minority. But if you’re a white person, if you’re a white woman, no forgiveness. That’s reparations. What does that got to do with COVID? So, if you’re in the farming business right now, this bill forgives 120% of your loan, based on your race.”
“These people in the Congress today, the House and the Senate on the Democrat side, are out-of-control liberals,” Graham continued. “And God help us all if we don’t check and balance them in 2022.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has already fired back at Graham by accusing him of ignoring a history of racism in their state.
“We’re trying to rescue the lives and livelihoods of people. He ought to be ashamed of himself. He knows the history in this country, and he knows what happened to Black farmers. … Lindsey ought to be ashamed,” said Clyburn. “I think you ought to maybe go back and go to church. Get in touch with his Christianity.”
Since COVID-19 is something that affects all races, it remains frustrating that lawmakers are continuing to make their stimulus talks all about race.