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VIDEO: Protestors harass Sen. Lindsey Graham at airport, call him ‘traitor’

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A video clip is circulating online Friday of Trump supporters harassing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside of Washington, D.C., calling him a “traitor.”

Earlier this week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a major critic of President Donald Trump, was similarly harassed by Trump supporters at an airport.

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This comes off the heels of Wednesday’s deadly Capitol riots, which saw extremists storm the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress that day from certifying the states’ Electoral College votes and President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, claiming election fraud changed the election’s outcome.

Graham, who has been critical of Trump at various points, criticized the outgoing president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani regarding potential culpability in inciting the riot Thursday night during a news conference in Washington, D.C.

“When it comes to accountability the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem not the solution,” the Palmetto State Republican said, per the Associated Press. “A good friend of mine, Rudy Giuliani, did not help.”

Graham was citing Trump’s remarks at a midday rally Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters at the White House, where he encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol so their voices could be heard.

In the airport video, multiple individuals repeatedly shouted taunts and insults at Graham, such as “traitor.”

“You work for the people, you work for us, do you hear me?” one person yelled at the senator. One lady also labeled him a “liar.”

“One day [you] will not be able to walk down the street. It is today,” shouted a woman. She was donning an “I love Trump” shirt with the letter “Q” on the back. Some are suspecting the letter is a possible reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory.

With Graham being surrounded by security, the hecklers said they would not touch him.

In another video, Graham is seen walking away from the crowded scene while looking down at his phone.

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Kevin Bishop, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Republican, declined to comment, telling Politico, “we don’t discuss security issues.”

It is unknown if any of the hecklers in the Graham video participated in Wednesday’s riot.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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