South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is pessimistic about the national and global impact a Donald Trump presidency would create. The conservative lawmaker, who made a run at the presidential nomination himself, believes that Trump's foreign policy will lead America into another terrorist attack on the same massive scale as the September 11, 2001, attacks.
During an appearance on CBS Face the Nation, Graham was asked about former House Speaker John Boehner's comments that both supported Donald Trump, while eviscerating Ted Cruz. Boehner referred to Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son-of-a-b****," while saying that he and Trump played golf together and were "texting buddies."
"There's a civil war going on in the Republican Party, obviously. John and I are very close friends, but he's embracing Donald Trump, and I am not. Why? Because I believe Donald Trump's foreign policy is isolationism. It will lead to another 9/11."Graham endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz last March. He said that the primary being held in Indiana on Tuesday, where Trump has recently opened up a giant lead over Cruz, is a "big test" for the anti-Trump movement. But, despite the outcome, Graham says that Cruz should stay in the race until the convention, which many believe will be contested if Trump doesn't get to the necessary delegate count, even if he holds a tremendous lead in delegates over the other candidates.
"I'm advising Ted, go to the last vote," Graham said. "Trump's gotten 40 percent of the popular vote. That doesn't give you 1,237 delegates. I think you could still stop, even if you lose in Indiana."
Falling back on Boehner's blunt description of Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh," Graham said that he believes Satan would be the only person Trump would manage to beat in a general election.
"There's been a lot of talk about Lucifer. I think Lucifer may be the only person Trump could beat in a general election.Graham has little doubt that former secretary of state and current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would easily defeat Trump in November during the general election, even as he admits she is an "incredibly flawed" presidential candidate.
"But when it comes women and Hispanics, Trump polls like Lucifer."
"I think Hillary Clinton is an incredibly flawed candidate, but she will mop the floor with Donald Trump, because, with women and Hispanics, they hate Donald Trump because he's so harsh and he's so cruel in his foreign -- in his policies toward illegal immigration, and he's so insulting toward women in general."Graham then made a plea to Republicans who are considering putting their support behind Trump. Doing so, Graham says, will destroy conservatism.
"Let me just tell my friends, who I really do respect, if you are embracing Donald Trump, you're destroying conservatism. You will make it hard for this party to ever regain footing with Hispanics, because his immigration proposal is unworkable, is hateful. When it comes to women, we're alienating women, who should be coming our way after eight years of Obama."He also gave some advice to down-ballot Republicans in contentious states who may have to deal with the added burden of having Trump on the top of their ticket. Republicans are concerned that having Trump head their ticket will reverberate down, causing the party to lose seats on every level.
Trump himself apparently caught CBS' interview with Lindsey Graham, and, in typical Trump fashion, sent out a tweet to let the world know how he felt about the whole incident.
I watched Sen. Graham @FaceTheNation. Why don't they say that I ran him out of the race like a little boy, and in the end he had no support?What do you think? Is Trump's foreign policy as dangerous to the United States as Lindsey Graham believes it?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2016
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