In 2015, Lindsey Graham Called Trump A 'Race-Baiting Bigot’, Now He Defends Him.
Senator Lindsey Graham has managed an astounding 180 degree turn on his view of President Donald Trump over the past few years. Initially calling Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” the South Carolina Republican now can hardly be distinguished from any other sycophant in the president’s orbit.
But in his quest “to be relevant” in the Trump era, as Graham explained his turnabout to The New York Times Magazine earlier this year, the lawmaker has not only sought to work with the president but outright ignore or defend some of his most indefensible statements and policies.
Just recently, after Trump tweeted that four congresswomen of color should return to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” rather than call out the president’s racism for what it was, Graham continued the attack on all four women.
"Well, we all know that (New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country," the Republican lawmaker said on Fox & Friends. "They're calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, 'concentration camp guards.' They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They're anti-Semitic. They're anti-America."
The only words Graham had for the “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” were suggestions that Trump stick to blasting the congresswomen’s policies as opposed to their personalities.
All of this in an attempt to stay in Trump’s “orbit,” as Graham has previously put it.
“I went from, ‘O.K., he’s president’ to ‘How can I get to be in his orbit?’ to ‘How can I have a say in what’s going to happen today, tomorrow and next week?’ . . . Well, I’m getting into the smaller orbit now,” Graham told The New York Times Magazine. “I have never been called this much by a president in my life.”
And all it cost him was any sense of morality or values — supposed key principles of his own party.