Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was a staunch opponent of then-candidate Donald Trump during the primary season of the 2016 election cycle, but his stance has changed since that time.
Once Trump was elected president, Graham shifted from hating and making fun of Trump to offering a peaceful working relationship with him on the topics on which they agreed, namely foreign policy, rebuilding the military and strengthening the economy.
That shift has, of course, earned Graham quite a bit of criticism from persistent Trump-haters on both the right and left, but he just made it as clear as possible that he pays no regard to those critics, according to Independent Journal Review.
Graham appeared Friday on CNN for an interview with host Kate Bouldan, where he was questioned pointedly about his “trust” and support for Trump.
Bouldan summed up the shift that has occurred with Graham toward Trump over the past two years and asked if he “trusted” the president’s words.
“Yeah, I trust him in terms of trying to do things that are big and matter,” stated Graham. “Here’s what I’ve got: I’ve got a relationship with the president at a time when I think he needs allies.”
Bouldan countered by echoing critics who called the senator “two-faced” in that he no longer staunchly opposed everything Trump said or did.
“Well, I’ll tell him when I think he’s wrong,” Graham said of Trump. He then stated, “But let me just tell you about the critics …”
“When I worked with President Obama — and I did, on occasion — I was a hero,” Graham recalled. “Now when I work with President Trump, I’m two-faced. I know how the game’s played and I don’t give a damn.”
“I’m going to do what’s best for the country, I like the president, I want to help him, I hope he’s successful, he’s been a friend to me and he says some things I don’t agree with,” Graham continued.
“So if you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don’t give a s***,” he added bluntly.
“And there you have it, Senator Lindsey Graham, in only the way that Senator Lindsey Graham can always have the last word in an interview with me,” replied a somewhat stunned Bouldan while Graham grinned broadly.
It appears that if there is one thing Graham has picked up during his budding friendship with the president over the past year, it is his utter lack of regard for what the perpetual critics have to say about him.
Graham, like many others in the Republican Party, could continue to dance to the liberal media’s tune and issue sharp criticism of Trump whenever the liberals demand it, which Graham has done on occasion in regard to a few issues.
However, he refuses to allow the disagreements between Trump and himself on a few issues stand in the way of working together in areas where they agree, and he just let the critics know that they can’t bully or shame him into abandoning Trump completely on those issues where they stand together. Good for him.
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