South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday sympathized with Hispanics who dislike Republicans, in part because of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration.
Trump infamously called Mexicans “rapists” when announcing his candidacy last summer and has vowed to build a wall on the southern border that Mexico will pay for and threatened to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“To the Hispanic community, I get it why you don’t like us,” Graham said during the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit. “I mean, who’s going to vote for somebody that’s gonna deport their grandmother?”
Graham has been a consistent, colorful Trump critic, even refusing to support him as the nominee by voting for him this fall despite signing a loyalty pledge last year.