On Thursday morning, surprisingly vulnerable Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threw a tantrum about how his opponent is raising too much money and that everyone “hates his guts,” which is the first true statement the Trump lapdog has said in quite a while.
“My opponent will raise almost $100 million, Ainsley, in the state of South Carolina. The most money ever spent in the history of the state on a Senate race was by me in 2014, when I spent $13 million…He raised six million dollars from the time Justice Ginsburg passed away, within 72 hours!” mourned Graham.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on FOX just now: "My opponent will raise $100 million … I'm being killed financially. This money is 'cuz hate my guts." pic.twitter.com/hqMIqpdUoe
— The Recount (@therecount) September 24, 2020
Graham’s seat is suddenly very vulnerable as his Democrat challenger, Jamie Harrison, claws his way up the polls and posts stunning fundraising numbers. Just last week, Harrison raised $1 million in a single day and raised more money in August than Graham did in every month since March combined.
Polls show that the two are locked in a dead heat, which is a surprise for the deep-red South Carolina.
But Graham is right — everybody hates him. Graham is disliked by the MAGA crowd for his prior disloyalty towards the president, having foolishly disparaged him after Trump trounced the 2016 GOP field and hilariously read out Graham’s phone number at a campaign event.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
Since Trump took office, Graham has played both the part of the sycophantic lapdog while trying to keep up his pretensions at being a “pRiNciPleD RePuBlIcAn,” leading him to break with the President far more often than his base deems acceptable. In addition, he has publicly flip-flopped on several major issues, most recently on the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice during an election year. Graham even unwisely bragged that his rivals should “use his own words against him,” which they are eagerly taking him up on.
Having firmly established himself as untrustworthy and unprincipled while systematically making an enemy out of all non-Republican voters with his outrageous Trump bootlickery, Graham is right to be worried.
Lindsey knows we can win and he's going to hit us with everything he's got. Donate now to make sure we're ready. https://t.co/alawQNQRZv
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 18, 2020
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.