CHARLESTON, SC – With three days before the toughest election of her life, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) delivers a succinct presentation to voters in South Carolina for six more years in Washington: More judges, more of Trump and more libs owners.
On Saturday night, in a parking lot outside Charleston, a hard-hitting Graham got off his country bus after a long day of campaigning and threw lots of red meat – and more than a few one-liners – at a worshiping crowd of ‘About 100 GOP worshipers decked out in Trump hats and Graham stickers.
Graham spent as much time attacking the policies of his opponent Jaime Harrison as he did Harrison’s fundraiser – a record $ 108 million in mid-October – and his base of support for the Liberals across the country was motivated to take down Graham after his dramatic outburst in 2018. Brett Kavanaugh confirmation auditions.
“Do you know why I’m going to win in South Carolina?” Graham asked. “Because they hate my guts.” The left, Graham continued, sees Harrison as an ally. “They see me as their worst nightmare,” he joked.
But Graham not only spoke about Harrison, but issued a broader and bitter warning about what is at stake in the 2020 election – not just his own, but Trump’s as well.
“We’re starting to pull away, because people are scared,” Graham said. “People fear to wake up one day and their country will be different to the point of not recognizing it,” he continued, referring to the democratic proposals to enlarge the size of the Supreme Court, to abolish the Electoral College. and reforming health care and immigration.
Indeed, there were more than a few moments during Saturday’s rally where Graham’s run and Trump’s run seemed impossible to separate. The senator’s most touted achievement, Supreme Court Justices Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmations, are also among Trump’s most touted.
Several Graham supporters at the rally, interviewed by The Daily Beast about the election, first spoke about Trump’s run before entering Graham’s. As the senator’s campaign bus entered the parking lot, the crowd began chanting “Four more years!” before someone usefully begins “six more years!” song. Some supporters may not have been clear on the correct length of a Senate term; others may have been more excited by Trump.
For that crowd, there was much to celebrate in Graham’s speech, laden with praise for Trump’s record on national security, immigration and the economy – before COVID-19 hit, well sure. “We’re going to beat this virus, folks – let’s be smart, use common sense, but we’re not going to lock the country up,” Graham said, to applause of “no! a crowd.
Graham’s frequent references to Trump’s accomplishments, and the imperative to re-elect him, may have suited a stump speech in a battlefield state like neighboring North Carolina and Georgia.
Not so much in South Carolina, where a victory for Trump is assured. But in a tight, running race against Harrison, Graham’s fortune rests on the length of Trump’s ponytails in the state – and the more voters urged to support Trump in South Carolina, the better. for Graham.
“The more people going to the polls,” Graham said in a post-rally media statement, “the better off I will be.
The conservative South Carolina base hasn’t always liked Graham, who, during his two-decade career on Capitol Hill, made a profile of himself as a center-right negotiator, not a spitting right-wing. fire. Graham’s warm-up speaker, State Representative Lin Bennett, hinted at this story: “Some of you were disappointed with him,” she said. “He did a great job.”
But his remarks reflect how the GOP base in South Carolina has rallied as much around Graham as they have a common enemy – the Liberals, represented by Harrison. Bennett accused Harrison of raising “illegal money” through the ActBlue fundraising platform, noting that many of his contributions came from the unemployed. It is not illegal for the unemployed to give money to political candidates, but Republicans, including Trump, have taken to the model to raise theories that a program is at work to use the unemployed. as vessels for major donors to bypass contribution limits.
Many diehard Republicans believe Graham and Trump will win, no matter what.
“They’re dumping millions and millions because they see a seat, and they’re pissed off about Kavanaugh, and they’re pissed off for Amy,” said Susan Day, a real estate professional from Charleston, who wore a Trump’s pink hat. and brought a Trump flag to the rally. “So you know, I hope they spend $ 130 million. Great for our economy and, you know, don’t let the door knock on your way out, Jaime.
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