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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) departs from a closed door briefing with Senators at the U.S. Capitol Building February 03, 2022 in Washington, DC. Senior administration officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley briefed Senators on the ongoing tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border.Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – Moderate Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina came under bipartisan mockery Wednesday for expressing a desire to see Russian President Vladimir Putin assassinated, a comment seen as monumentally reckless for a member of the United States government to make in public.

“Is there a Brutus in Russia?” tweeted Graham, a prominent voice in American foreign policy discussions. “Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.”

While Graham is not a member of the executive branch and would have no role in facilitating such a mission, many argued that any comment to that effect from any government official would further inflame tensions between the United States and Russia, and at worst cast suspicion on the U.S. in the hypothetical event that Putin does meet an untimely demise.

Graham was met with disapproval and mockery from across the political spectrum:

Following the backlash, Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop told the Washington Post that Graham has “also expressed he was okay with a coup to remove Putin. Basic point, Putin has to go. [Graham] also noted it will be — has to be — the Russian people who do it.”

The snafu comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has elicited vigorous debate over whether President Joe Biden’s softer approach to the Kremlin than that of former President Donald Trump emboldened Putin to act. 

During his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Biden announced that his administration will ban Russian airlines from entering U.S. airspace and target the personal assets of Russian oligarchs. Biden has also backed certain economic sanctions against Russia, but has conspicuously omitted sanctions on Russia’s energy sector and ignored calls to reduce international dependence on Russian oil by reversing his constraints on domestic energy production.

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