Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four minority congresswomen by calling him a narcissist.
“I really do believe that if you’re a Somali refugee who likes Trump, he’s not gonna say go back to Somalia,” Fox News’ Jason Donner reported Graham saying.
“A racist says go back to Somalia because you’re Somali or Muslim or whatever. That’s just the way he is. It’s more narcissism than anything else,” Graham explained.
Lindsey Graham: “I really do believe that if you’re a Somali refugee who likes Trump, he’s not gonna say go back to Somalia. A racist says go back to Somalia because you’re Somali or Muslim or whatever. That’s just the way he is. It’s more narcissism than anything else.”
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) July 17, 2019
NBC’s Frank Thorp also reported on Graham’s defense of Trump.
Went back to Sen Graham on the comment above, he said, "I was making a joke, I think you can make the case that he’s a narcissist more than you can make he's a racist. I mean, I don’t like the idea of telling somebody who’s an American citizen to go home, this is their home."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 17, 2019
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday called the four congresswomen a “bunch of communists” who are “anti-Semitic” and hate the United States.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Graham was asked about polls that show Trump would lose to several of the Democratic candidates challenging him for 2020.
“What does he need to do to ensure a win?” Ainsley Earhardt asked.
Graham, who played a round of golf with Trump on Sunday after the president told the congressmen to “go back” to where “they came” from, responded that “[Trump’s] gonna win, just knock it down a notch.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked the South Carolina lawmaker “in what way?”
“We all know that [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country, they’re calling the guards along our border—the Border Patrol agents—concentration camp guards,” Graham exclaimed. “They accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the benjamins, they are anti-Semitic, they are anti-America. Don’t get them—aim higher.”
Asked if the president’s racist tweets were negative, Graham continued to rail against the group of progressive lawmakers—which includes Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib—by repeatedly calling them anti-Semitic and socialists.
“They’re socialists. They’re anti-Semitic,” Graham declared. “They stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with. Make them the face of the future of the Democratic Party. You will destroy the Democratic Party.”
“Their policies will destroy this country,” Graham added. “Focus on what they want to do for America and to America and compare it with what you’ve done. Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait. This is not about a person. It is about a country. It is about a set of ideas. They’re on the wrong side of the future.”
Later, in response to Trump's racist tweets, Graham says AOC et al are communist anti-Semites who hate this country before vaguely saying that Trump should "aim higher" to win and focus on how their policies will "destroy this country" rather than making things "personal." pic.twitter.com/71sPS028St
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 15, 2019