Election 2016

Outspoken Trump Critic Lindsey Graham is Now Supporting Trump Because the GOP Has No Integrity

It was clearly a mistake to ever take Lindsey Graham seriously for any reason.

Senator Graham reportedly told a group of conservative donors that they must unite behind Donald Trump to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. For reasons.

Graham urged GOP donors at a private fundraiser Saturday in Florida to unite behind Trump's campaign and stressed the importance of keeping likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from the White House. The fundraiser was hosted by former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Al Hoffman, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who also co-chaired Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.

"He did say that we need to get behind him," Teresa Dailey, a prominent Florida Republican fundraiser who attended the private event, told CNN on Sunday.

Graham may have been the most outspoken critic of Trump in the Republican party, but it's now abundantly clear that Graham doesn't actually stand for anything.

Trump's foreign policy positions alone -- from his cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, to saying NATO should be dismantled, to saying he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un -- would be labeled a great heresy by noted warhawk Lindsey Graham and most other Republicans if they were spoken by a Democrat.

Every alleged weakness Republicans have projected onto Democrats, such as repeated accusations of being too soft on Russia, are exemplified by Donald Trump.

This should be a big problem for them but it isn't because Republicans aren't actually capable of possessing or displaying integrity.

It isn't even clear why they believe they need to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. If their past positions and the positions of the GOP as we've known it are taken at face value, Donald Trump is clearly the bigger threat to their way of life.

With such vast distances between Trump and establishment Republicans on policy, all you're left with is Making America White Again.

  • mnpollio

    Was there really any doubt that he would flip flop on this? Integrity and Graham parted company in the cradle – as is the case with the majority of current Republicans.

  • Badgerite

    His problem with Trump was that he thought he wouldn’t win. Not that he would try to win by appealing to racism.
    The GOP has been doing that forever.

  • muselet

    Graham on Monday disputed that characterization of his remarks, telling CNN that he is supporting neither Trump nor Clinton and that “nothing’s changed.”

    Okay, that’s fair enough, I suppose. Oh, hey, what’s this?

    Dailey acknowledged Monday that Graham did not specifically call on Republicans to “get behind Donald Trump, exactly,” but that “we need to get behind the party and support the party and do what we need to do to raise the funds necessary to make sure that Donald J. Trump is our next president of the United States.”

    But didn’t Lindsey Graham make very negative comments about Donald J. Trump just recently? Looks like.

    Graham has offered some of the most biting criticisms of Trump, including calling him a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” late last year.

    And after Trump locked up the Republican nomination early this month, Graham said that Trump doesn’t have the temperament or judgment to be president and said Trump has “conned” the Republican Party.

    Yet Graham says the Republican Party has to unite to make sure that selfsame race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot without the temperament or judgement to be President who conned the GOP becomes President.

    Guess who wants to be Secretary of Defense?

    What a little weasel.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      “I’m supporting him but not endorsing him”

      “I’m telling people to unite behind him but I don’t support him”

      They’re all full of shit.

  • Christopher Foxx

    …Because the GOP Has No Integrity

    Not news.

  • Aynwrong

    Anytime I think they’re is a reason to respect a Republican, particularly a Republican office holder I have to always remind myself of the same thing. Just wait five minutes.

    Chez Pazienza has been using the perfect phrase to describe the” Never Trump” people on the podcast. “Ethically bankrupt.”

  • Victor the Crab

    I never took Lindsey Graham seriously for anything because you just knew this oversized dingleberry would put party over country in a heartbeat.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Lindsay Graham >> Graham’s big donors >> Party >> Country