Late last year, the senior senator from South Carolina told CNN that Trump was a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” who “doesn’t represent my party.”
But less than six months later, Trump is set to do just that. And the presumptive nominee is increasingly finding a friend in Graham.
They recently enjoyed what the senator described as a “cordial, pleasant phone conversation” and, just this past weekend, Graham encouraged donors at a fundraiser in Florida to open up their pocketbooks in support of Republican candidates, up and down the ballot — though not specifically Trump.
(Despite the apparent shift, Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop insisted to CNN that “There hasn’t been any change in his position.”)