Lindsey Graham: Never Trump

Lindsey Graham released a statement Friday making clear that he will not support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee. CNN reports:

Graham says in a statement Friday he “cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.”

South Carolina’s senior senator also says he will join a growing list of veteran Republicans, including both Presidents Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain and others, now declining to attend the party’s convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio.

This isn’t much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Graham over the last six months. Last year Graham called Trump a, “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.”

Just last Sunday Graham appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation and said, “This is a contest between conservatism and Trumpism and Trumpism will get creamed at the ballot box hurting our House and Senate chances.” Later in the same interview he said of Trump, “Women and Hispanics hate his guts for good reason.”

And when it comes to foreign policy, Graham was even more blunt, “I believe Donald Trump’s foreign policy is isolationism; it will lead to another 9/11.”

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David Strom 8:01 AM on October 03, 2022