Lindsey Graham: I’m Willing to Overlook the Fact That Trump Has Probably Beaten a Few Homeless People to Death

If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve likely realized that no one is perfect. People wrong us and screw up. Friends and family do things that are disappointing. But if there’s respect and love there, and ownership of one’s mistakes, it doesn‘t have to be the end of a relationship. On the other hand, if someone has done something truly abhorrent and unforgivable, you‘d probably cut them out of your life. Like, say they demonstrated time and time again that they were a horrible, unrepentant racist. Or they imprisoned small children in cages. Or they encouraged a violent mob to overthrow the U.S. government, causing an insurrection that left five people dead. For most people, that’d be the kind of thing they’d probably tap out over! Particularly if the person who caused the insurrection continued to insist he did nothing wrong, in the face of robust evidence to the contrary! Lindsey Graham, though, is not like most people, which is why he‘s apparently willing to overlook the fact that Donald Trump is a remorseless monster.

In an interview with Axios on HBO, Graham told Jonathan Swan: “Donald Trump was my friend before the riot and I’m trying to keep a relationship with him after the riot. I still consider him a friend. What happened was a dark day in American history and we’re going to move forward, so here’s what you need to know about me…I want this to continue. I want us to continue the policies that I think will make America strong. I believe the best way for the Republican Party to do that is with Trump not without Trump.” 

Pressed by Swan about the fact that Graham won his reelection against Jaime Harrison last fall and could sever ties with Trump if he wanted to, the senator from South Carolina offered the bizarre response that it would be “too easy” just to say, of Trump, “it’s over, it’s done.” Instead, according to Graham, the harder but right thing to do is continue to be hopelessly devoted to a dangerous megalomaniac who sent his supporters to attack the Capitol. “What’s hard is to take a movement that I think is good for the country. Try to get the leader of the movement who has got lots of problems facing him and his party and see if we can make a go of it,” Graham said, sounding like someone rationalizing staying with their abuser. “There’s something about Trump, there’s a dark side, and there’s some magic there. What I’m trying to do is just harness the magic. To me, Donald Trump is sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, and P.T. Barnum. It’s just this bigger-than-life deal. He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know can make it. He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.”

Of course, this isn‘t the first time Graham has defended his unyielding loyalty to Trump despite Trump being a completely despicable human being. In 2019, Graham literally told Bloomberg that while he didn’t love the fact that the then president repeatedly and savagely slandered his dead friend, the late Senator John McCain, he was willing to overlook it because they just had such a great time hitting the links together. “I don’t like what he says about John McCain,” Graham said. “But when we play golf, it’s fun.” (Several weeks later, Trump implied McCain was rotting in hell for voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act.)

Meanwhile, it’s interesting that Graham claims he‘s still the best of buddies with Trump for the good of the party, when Trump is out there telling the GOP it can’t use his name to raise money. Per the Politico:

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump sent out cease-and-desist letters Friday to the three largest fundraising entities for the Republican Party—the RNC, NRCC, and NRSC—for using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise, a Trump adviser tells Playbook.

“President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and electing America First conservatives, but that doesn’t give anyone—friend or foe—permission to use his likeness without explicit approval,” said a Trump adviser.

Must be all part of that Trump “magic.”

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White House press secretary commends Meghan and Harry for speaking out about mental health struggles

The president will not be flipping off the queen the next time he’s in London, though:

Meghan revealed during the two-hour interview on Sunday night that she had struggled with suicidal thoughts during her time in the royal family. “For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage,” said Jen Psaki…. Psaki added that the Biden administration would not be commenting further on the lives of “private citizens sharing their own stories and struggles.”

“We have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues, and that will continue,” she added.

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