If someone tried to tell you that aliens descended from outer space to steal ballots marked for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, you’d quickly write off the theory, if not the person, as insane and unbelievable. According to Senator Lindsey Graham, though, Trump himself would have bought it, hook, line, and sinker.
It’s just one of the more bizarre moments Grand Jurors have revealed after their time listening to testimony about the 2020 election, and the efforts of Trump and those around him to interfere in it.
Graham, who also reached out to Georgia election officials to question the process and outcome after Trump lost in that state, was trying to explain the then-president’s mindset as he sought a way to stay in office.
Perhaps the Senator from South Carolina believed he was offering an eloquent defense by suggesting that the leader of the Republican party was displaying tendencies of gullibility rather than seditious leanings — the only context jurors offered was that Graham wanted to address Trump’s mindset.
It’s certainly clear that Trump was willing to embrace a wide range of conspiracy theories, and repeat them to his fans.
At least his testimony was more interesting to jurors, though, than the ten or so witnesses who chose to invoke the 5th Amendment.
The right to not self-incriminate is a sacred part of the U.S. Justice System, and the Trump allies who exercised it had every legal right to do so — but jurors admit it made for long, dull days on the bench.
“It was like, we’re going to be here all day,” one juror admitted to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Who invoked that protection?
Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, among others, used the Fifth Amendment to dodge at least some questions.
One juror also indicated that the certainty that Trump would do the same played a role in the decision not to bother subpoenaing him.
Graham’s whimsical description of Trump embracing the notion of ballot-burgling intergalactic interlopers aside, perhaps the greatest revelation for the scope and discovery of the process comes from the juror who said this:
“[I]f every person in America knew every single word of information we knew, this country would not be divided as it is right now.”
Neither Trump nor Graham has offered any public comment about aliens since the Grand Jury dissolved, but they’ve both had plenty to say about the election.
Graham, as seen in the clip below, now agrees that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, but Trump still continues to spread the Big Lie.
Lindsey Graham claims on ABC that when he called the Georgia secretary of state after the 2020 election, he was just asking "hard questions," but adds that he agrees there was no widespread fraud and "at the end of the day, I voted to certify the election results in Georgia." pic.twitter.com/7gpnOamIBo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 19, 2023
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here: