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Graham Stumped On TikTok Ban’s Contents Despite Cosponsoring Bill

Lindsey Graham told Jesse Watters he doesn’t support the RESTRICT Act despite co-sponsoring it himself.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham was unable to explain why controversial federal powers were slipped into the RESTRICT Act, a bill co-sponsored by the Republican lawmaker that was sold to the public as a TikTok ban.

Jesse Watters interviewed Graham on Wednesday night’s episode of “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Fox News, and the media personality interviewed Graham after raising civil liberty concerns regarding the RESTRICT Act’s potential for locking up political opponents based on wrongthink.

“We don’t like TikTok. We don’t want TikTok because the Chinese used it to spy on us and rewire our brains. But we don’t want the government spying on us either. Did the United States Senate just say ‘we’re going to protect you from China by spying on you’?” Waters said before asking Graham if he read the bill. “You gotta be kidding me Senator. Did you read this?”

Graham abruptly changed his tune with Watters: “I don’t think I support the Restrict Act,” said the South Carolina politician.

“You don’t support this? Because you are named as one of the supporters. Cause this is garbage,” Watters said.

Graham then appeared to mix up the RESTRICT Act with a separate bill, despite co-sponsoring the controversial proposed law.

Watters continued, “We’ve got a bunch of Republicans supporting it. Because this thing is Crazy Town. You don’t want the government looking into your private phone. If they have a hunch you’re colluding with the Russians–you remember how that turned out!”

“No, I don’t, and they can’t. The Constitution trumps a statute, so let me come back and, you know, give you a better explanation,” Graham said.

“Here’s the problem as I see it–China is the parent company of TikTok and my nieces like TikTok. I don’t mind them using TikTok, I just don’t want the Chinese government to seize all their data and manipulate the information America sees for political purposes,” he added.

Graham, co-sponsor of the bill that some conservatives have compared to the 2001 Patriot Act, explained that he wants to tackle the TikTok question within a “constitutional framework.”

A seemingly skeptical Watters then said: “Cause on Congress.gov you’re listed as one of the co-sponsors of this thing.”

“Maybe it’s like Fetterman where your Chief of Staff does all your work for you,” he added. “But Senator, you’ve got to go back and talk to these other Senators about this. This thing is nuts and it’s going to get abused like it always dones,” Watters said.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this week said that the RESTRICT Act gives the federal government unprecedented power to surveil and arrest American citizens, Valiant News reported.

“This bill would give enormous and terrifying new powers to the federal government to punish American citizens and regulate how they communicate with one another,” Carlson said.

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Andrew White is a Northern Virginia native. His work has been previously featured on Alex Jones’ Infowars, Revolver News, and The Liberty Daily. White is a constitutionalist Patriot, who focuses on social issues, election integrity, globalism, US politics, as well as general corporate and government corruption.

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    Nicholas

    March 30, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Until the GOP comes up with Primary Challenges to the existing RINOs we have stopped all donations to the GOP.

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      mojo

      March 30, 2023 at 9:16 pm

      And backs all qualified, patriotic and committed to the Republican Party unlike what happened in the last election.
      The party should rid itself of those RINOS like, graham, pelosi, murkowski, romney, cassidy and the,Republican, leader McConnell.

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        Lawrence M

        March 31, 2023 at 3:58 pm

        ABSOLUTELY!
        If they don’ they are no better than having just a Corrupted to the hilt Dem Party!

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        John

        March 31, 2023 at 4:23 pm

        FYI Pelosi is not a republican.

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      Truth_Seeker!

      March 31, 2023 at 10:56 pm

      And thus why I left the RepubliCONS long ago around the days of the ‘Tea party’. I joined the most obvious and best party overall, the party that follows or Constitution, founding fathers, morals, laws, 2nd amendment and all others in bill of rights and more, our military might and police, in other words all good things! And that party is the Conservative party!

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    DWH

    March 31, 2023 at 7:48 am

    A cosponsor and cannot answer a question on HIS bill. Pitiful. Reminds me of when the Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act when they were in control. They voted 60 times before the election to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) but after the election when they held all 3 branches of government could not do it and did not have a plan or replacement. I am tired of Republicans apologizing for winning and just wanting to get along.

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      Lawrence M

      March 31, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      DWH, this is a great point of contention as to what good is the GOP in the final analysis!

      What they do is called “kick the can down the road” and STALL; figuring that the Conservative Citizenry will shut up or cave to the status-quo!

      That has been the game for far too long and look where we are now because of it, with a completely out of control radical Democrat Criminal Party “pulling punches” at every turn and destroying our beloved “Republic under God!”
      It Must, STOP NOW!

      Like “Give em’ Hell” President Harry Truman said long ago; “The Buck Stops Here!”

      “Push came to shove” long ago and now it’s “do or die” to save our Nation along with the Freedom of Each and Every “Mother’s loving Son and Daughter in America!” Communist China is determined to pounce if the slow cooking of the “Frog in the Kettle” plan doesn’t Pan Out as planned; just ask Scranton Joe he’s been on the inside of that deal from day one!

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    Hate communism

    March 31, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Republicans will not get any money until they impeach Joe Biden or arrest him.They should of done it first when they got the House back. They want money for every little thing they do.If they can’t protect President Trump from the nazi take over of America they will get no money from me.

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      Lawrence M

      March 31, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      You are so right about the GOP! Always asking for more money; but do NOTHING SUBSTANTIVE FOR IT!

      All Talk and NO ACTION!
      We the People want RESULTS!

      Get off your lazy weak two-timing asses and IMPEACH Biden NOW!

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    Drosack

    March 31, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Some of these people have apparently looked into the Chaynah way of spying and controlling their people and like it. Our forefathers would have sought out everyone of these and hung them.

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      Lawrence M

      March 31, 2023 at 4:25 pm

      Drosack; yes quite quickly and efficiently!

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    Juan

    March 31, 2023 at 11:22 am

    I don’t trust Lindsey Graham one bit, his history of voting with Democrats is absolutely Disgusting and nothing will change that.

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      Lawrence M

      March 31, 2023 at 4:27 pm

      Juan I totally concur with how you see this turncoat Graham!

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    Dr.BBA

    March 31, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Graham is a real pos. He always has been. He is not to be trusted along with 90% of all other Republicans in power right now. Do like myself (a true Conservative) and so many others have done and STOP giving the Republican party and GOP RINOS ANY money!! That is how you cut the head off of the snake.

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      Lawrence M

      March 31, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      Dr.BBA I think your percentage of turncoats in the GOP is spot-on! Give them nothing and only if they start locking away the traitors will they gain any modicum of integrity worthy of support!

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    Lawrence M

    March 31, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Time of the GOP to earn it’s keep!

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    Bob Russell

    March 31, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    grahamnesty, like the rest of the gop establishment, is a TRAITOR who should be hanged!!!!! There is only one political party in America, with 2 wings!!!!! There are a very few good republicans but mcconnell and mccarthty keep them on the outside so they can’t affect establishment TREASONOUS policies!!!!!!!!!!

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