Likely presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham has gone on the offensive towards Jews, women, members of Congress, and even the word “al” with his many attempted jokes, and his latest target is Iranians.
Last Friday, Graham told the Republican Leadership Conference:
“Everything I know about the Iranians I learned in the pool room. I ran the pool room when I was a kid, and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are lying.”
How could a sitting U.S. Senator and soon-to-be presidential candidate feel comfortable saying such an offensive thing while there are Iranian-Americans who pay taxes, serve this country, and are proud patriotic Americans?
Graham remarked later in his address that “The Iranians cheat and they lie- they are a radical regime. They want a master religion for the world, the Nazis wanted a master race.”
The National Iranian-American Council is now calling for Graham to apologize for his bigoted remark and created an online petition calling on him to retract his statement.
Dear Senator Graham,
I am outraged by the repulsive comments you delivered for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in which you called Iranians liars.
The fact that you are basing important national security decisions on your experiences working in a pool hall is troubling enough. But stereotyping an entire people as “liars” based on these experiences is racist and completely unacceptable.
I call on you to immediately retract your comments and apologize for these bigoted remarks.