Tech Committee Member Can’t Even Email

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A nationally known politician is facing heated criticism over emails–and no, it’s not Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a moderate Republican from South Carolina, has announced: “I don’t email,” on NBC’s Meet the Press.

He continued: “You can have every email I’ve ever sent: I’ve never sent one. I don’t know what that makes me.”

Graham’s admission garnered tremendous criticism–and it’s not hard to understand why. In the digital age, it’s inconceivable that any professional would be able to complete their job adequately without having one of the most basic online tools at their disposal.

But worse, Graham sits on the powerful Subcommittee for Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Despite never having used one of the most basic and ubiquitous online services, Graham has introduced multiple bills that dictate internet regulations for the rest of us.

This provides more evidence of the sad fact that too many of our political leaders are shockingly out of touch with how regular Americans live–and begs the question as to whether they should be the ones representing us in Washington in the first place.

Following the flap, Graham tried to explain in another interview: “I’ve tried not to have a system where I can just say the first dumb thing that comes to my mind. I’ve always been concerned.”

Sadly, it appears that not using email has not prevented Senator Graham from saying the first dumb thing that comes into his head.

Adam Campbell
Adam Campbell is a former military brat, who grew up all over the world--but considers Milwaukee, WI, where he and his wife currently live, to be his home. He enjoys reporting the real news, without bias.
  • Ike

    I have to throw up the proverbial “B.S. flag” on Graham’s statement that he has never sent an email. In addition to being a Senator, he is also an officer in the S.C. Air National Guard and has been assigned as a senior instructor for theU.S. Air Force JAG Corps. Today’s military (and even more so, the military’s legal system) runs, unfortunately a bit too much, on email. I find it highly improbable–if not impossible–that a high-ranking officer such as he, got to that position without the use of email. Sounds to me like, “look somewhere else, there’s nothing to see here.” I obviously don’t see his day-to-day activities, but I do not see how his statement could possibly be true.

  • Francisco Machado

    Politicians and lawyers use language in a way that differs radically from the way you use it. I can receive emails without emailing. I can write or dictate copy to be sent by my secretary – I have not emailed. As long as I haven’t pressed the “SEND” ikon, I haven’t emailed. Technically speaking. And they stretch it to extremes – Willie Clinton wasn’t “alone with Monica” because there were other people in the White House. It can provide considerable entertainment translating politicalspeak to deduce what possibilities still exist after a categorical denial of something and how far they can get before it becomes a bald faced lie, then watch the denouement to see how accurate you were. It would make an interesting TV game show.

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