Lindsey Graham is furious with Nancy Pelosi’s decision to forbid Donald Trump from delivering the State of the Union Address in the chamber of the House of Representatives until he ends the government shutdown.
Speaker Pelosi’s decision to ignore this long-standing American tradition is absurd, petty, and shameful.
The judgement of history will NOT be kind.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 23, 2019
I wonder how Graham defines a “longstanding American tradition?” George Washington and John Adams delivered their annual message to Congress in person. When Thomas Jefferson took office in 1801, he did not deliver the message in person, preferring a written statement. Every U.S. President followed Jefferson’s precedent until Woodrow Wilson revived the “in person” message to Congress in 1913.. (Actually, it was called the “Annual Message” until 1946). Karen Tumilty explains it all in this piece at The Washington Post.
Moving from the historical to the political, I find it disturbing that Graham, a Senator from South Carolina and a Trump supporter, has saved the “judgement of history” line for this incident.