July 17th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Sen. Graham: Boycott Olympics in Russia over Snowden case

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham caused quite a stir when he suggested the U.S. boycott the Russian Olympics next year if among other things, Moscow grants asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden:

Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's The Lead:

Graham: "Should we have gone to the Olympics in Berlin and give Hitler a propaganda."

Tapper: "You're not comparing"

Graham: "No, i'm not, but would you have the Olympics in Iran? I don't think most people would. Is Russia Iran? No, but they're heading in that direction."

House Speaker John Boehner soundly rejected that suggestion:

"He is dead wrong." Boehner added, "why would we want to punish US athletes who have been training for 3 years to complete in the Olympics over a traitor who can't find a place to call home."

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors and expectant parents Margaret Hoover and her partner in crime and life, John Avlon.

Filed under: News • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden • Politics
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Agro

    Not cool to see a terrorist picture on the cover of RollingStone mag. People should sue them (RS) especially those who were affected directly and their families.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    First of all, Sen. Graham, the 1936 Olympics is a horrible example. Jesse Owens actually forced Hitler to leave the games because he had a whole nation of Third Reichers chanting emphatically for a Black American. If anything, it totally disabused any notions predicated by the Nazi propagandists.

    Secondly, that being said, Snowden is an incredible jerk. He acts like he has no accountability in all this.

    Thirdly, I think I recognize that dress from the night Pres. Clinton did the "Arithmetic Speech" at the last DNC.

    Peace out.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply

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