A new audio recording, obtained by CNN , shows Democratic Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina telling police in the Capitol Police background during the Jan. 6 anti-Kavanaugh demonstration to “use” their guns to take back the Senate.
The audio recording has been published in part by the newspaper The State in South Carolina, with parts of the tapes also published by WYFF in Greenville.
“Let’s go over here,” Graham says. “I want to [question the police chief] here, but you guys are protecting us. Please use your weapons and take back the Senate.”
Graham is heard walking around with other demonstrators, until a security officer speaks up.
“Lindsey Graham is coming out now,” the officer says.
Graham then comments: “It’s about time. Are you going to use them?”
“Yes, sir,” the officer says.
Here is the audio of Graham’s remark, according to WYFF:
Graham spoke to police officers at the Capitol Police headquarters at the time and again the following day after the demonstrations ended, The State reported.
A Democratic aide, reached for comment after the recording was published by The State and WYFF, called the comments “a blatant act of intimidation” and said: “How disrespectful and disgusting. Lindsey Graham is not only an insult to the brave officers who protect us, but to all of the men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe every day.”
It has been reported that Graham, who is running for reelection, is a gun owner.
In December, Graham was caught on camera after a terror attack in San Bernardino saying he would have loved to have done a “shoe drop” to stop the man who opened fire in the California shooting.
“There’s a guy that was trying to set off bombs in the library. When the police got there, he was busy checking his shoe to see if it had the detonator on it,” Graham said. “And I would love to be able to drop a shoe in his face and kill him. I’d have to have a warrant.”
CNN contributed to this report.