Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham attacked CNN host Dana Bash on Sunday, accusing her of “covering up” Democrats in an abortion rights debate.
The South Carolina senator joined Bash at Sunday’s State of the Union address for a wide-ranging interview in which they discussed the ongoing court battle over the abortion drug mifepristone.
At one point during the conversation, Graham accused Democrats of supporting taxpayer-funded “barbaric” abortion up until the moment of birth — prompting Bash to note that Roe v. Wade only permitted abortion until the moment of success.
That’s when Graham accused Bash and other mainstream media of “covering up these guys,” saying “nobody in your business will talk” about proposals to allow abortion until the moment of birth.
Senator Lindsey Graham slammed CNN host Dana Bash, accusing her of “covering up” Democrats.
Bache had corrected the South Carolina Republican that Roe v. Wade allowed abortion only up to the point of viability, but Graham said Democrats were trying to push for up-to-the-moment abortion.
The firefight came when Bash asked Graham if he agreed with Donald Trump that abortion should be a state issue or Mike Pence, who wants abortion banned nationwide.
But instead of answering the question, Graham launched his tirade against the Democrats, accusing the party of supporting abortion until the moment of birth, and saying he believes Republicans are well positioned on the issue until the 2024 presidential election.
His outburst prompted Bash to interpolate that “just for the record, Rowe has lived up to validity.”
Then she tried to steer the conversation back to her original question, but Graham cut her off, saying, “No! No! No! Stop covering these guys! No! No! No! You’re my media, you keep covering these guys!”
“They have introduced legislation allowing taxpayer-funded on-demand (abortion) abortions up to the moment of birth,” he said. This was their position in Washington! This is the law they want to pass and no one in your business will talk about it.
Responding to allegations of favoring one side, Bash replied: Senator, I’m not covering for anyone. You know that, and when I joined the Democrats, I asked many — all of them — where they stand on where they think this issue should be.
My question to you, sir, is about President Trump, whom you supported to become president again. Is he right in saying that this should be a state issue?
At that point, the pro-life senator said he believed “anyone running for president who has a snowball chance in hell in the 2024 primary will be with me, the American people and all of Europe,” saying late-term abortions should be. off the table.
“I’m confident over time that’s where our candidate will be,” he said, still dodging the question. I’m sure no Democrat will answer the question “Where do you draw the line?” They are never challenged.
“I welcome this discussion,” he concluded.
The discussion came just days after the Supreme Court voted to allow women to continue taking the abortion pill mifepristone
The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than 20 years ago and is used in more than half of all abortions in the United States.
The exchange came just days after the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to allow women to continue getting the abortion pill Mifepristone, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than 20 years ago and used in more than half of all abortions in the United States.
In the aftermath, President Joe Biden vowed to continue fighting for women’s rights — calling the pro-life causes “politically motivated attacks on women’s health.”
“As a result of the Supreme Court’s suspension, mifepristone remains available and approved for safe and effective use while we continue this fight in the courts,” he said.
“I continue to stand by the FDA’s evidence-based approval of mifepristone, and my administration will continue to advocate for the FDA’s independent expert authority to review, approve, and regulate a broad range of prescription drugs.”