Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) unloaded during the confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson when the topic turned to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. But Graham’s exchange wasn’t with Jackson —it was with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
According to Newsweek, “when questioning Jackson, Graham said the recidivism rate, the rate by which a convicted criminal will repeat criminal behavior, at Guantanamo Bay is 31 percent. Both Graham and Jackson agreed that figure was ‘terrible.'”
“He said 229 out of the 729 detainees released have ‘gone back to the fight,’ including one prisoner who was appointed the defense minister of Afghanistan under the Taliban transitional government.”
“I’m suggesting the system has failed miserably and advocates to change the system would destroy our country,” Graham said. “As long as they are dangerous, I hope they all die in jail if they’re going to go back and kill Americans.”
Graham said it wouldn’t bother him “one bit” of all 39 of the remaining detainees die in prison.
“That’s better outcome than letting them go,” he said.
“If it costs $500 million to keep them in jail, keep them in jail, because they’re going to go back to the fight,” he continued. “Look at the friggin’ Afghan government, it’s made up of former detainees at Gitmo. This whole thing by the left about this war ain’t working.”
Watch the clip above.