The Quote: “Do you know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” —Lindsey Graham.
Lindsay Graham has withdrawn from the GOP primary. I found myself disagreeing with Graham on just about everything, but I thought him to be a gentleman of the old Southern tradition. For instance, in one Senate hearing he advised a nominee that he would vote for her and then proceeded to have a conversation about their differences. (I think I remember that one right.) At any rate, he was a voice of reason in a sea of racism and irrationality.
John Nichols (The Nation) has more on Graham and his withdrawal.
The senator was the loudest—and often the loneliest—Republican challenger to the absolute absurdity of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and to the willingness of other candidates, congressional leaders, and party bureaucrats to aid and abet the blowhard billionaire’s vile rhetoric. Graham dared to say what other Republicans would not, ripping Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.”
In the most recent round of Republican debates, Graham offered a poignant rejection of Trump’s bigotry.
Asked what he would say to Republicans who support the billionaire, Graham said to his fellow partisans:
You may think this makes us safe, but it doesn’t. The good news for everybody in this room is, after 36 trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, most people over there, Wolf, are not buying what ISIL’s selling. This is a religious war between radical Islam and the rest of the world. And there’s only one way you’re going to win this war. Help people in Islam who reject radical Islam to fight over there and destroy this ideology. Donald Trump has done the one single thing you cannot do. Declare war on Islam itself. ISIL would be dancing in the streets, they just believe in dancing. This is a coup for them, and to all of our Muslim friends throughout the world, like the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt, I am sorry. He does not represent us. If I am President, we will work together. People in the faith to all over the world destroy this radical ideology. Declaring war on the religion only helps ISIL.
Earlier this month, in a CNN interview, Graham said, “Do you know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”
Now it is Graham who is out. And, with his exit, a dismal Republican race is diminished further still.