A crowd of activists staged a theatrical “wake up Lindsey Graham” protest outside the South Carolina GOP senator’s home Monday — but his office tells The Post he wasn’t home.
The group smashed cymbals, banged pots and flashed strobe lights at 6 a.m. as police watched them on the usually quiet Capitol Hill block.
“Anyone who is seeing this can do the same thing to your representative, can do the same thing learning about how to hold them accountable,” an activist bellowed into a megaphone.
“Make sure they know if they do some evil f–king sh–, they know there will be consequences for it.”
After about an hour, the activists were threatened with arrest and marched to the nearby Supreme Court building, according to News2Share journalist Ford Fischer, who filmed the sidewalk protest.
Protesters loudly sang the union protest song “Which Side Are You On?” behind a banner that read, “We can’t sleep so neither should Lindsey.”
But Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop told The Post he wasn’t home.
“Senator Graham was not in Washington this morning during the protest and regrets the disturbance caused to his neighbors,” Bishop said. “Senator Graham has made it clear he supports President Trump efforts to move forward with a Supreme Court nominee.”
Graham was targeted for indicating he would vote to confirm a Trump nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The liberal icon’s death Friday potentially alters the ideological balance of the court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to swiftly approve a nominee, despite blocking Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination during President Barack Obama’s final year in office.
McConnell successfully blocked Garland’s nomination by arguing voters should decide who replaced conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats feel cheated by the move, but Republicans say his current stance is not hypocritical because it was premised on the president and Senate majority being of different parties.
Still, protesters played over the megaphone Graham’s remarks about Garland’s nomination.
So far two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, indicated they would not vote to confirm a justice before the Nov. 3 election. Republicans have 53 seats and need at least 50 votes.
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