The rise of Donald Trump has caused many Republicans to leave their party. Prominent names among them include Max Boot, Tom Nichols and former Florida Congressman David Jolly.
To Jolly, one of the most astounding results of Trump’s Presidency has been the behavior of Lindsey Graham.
When asked about Graham during an episode of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, Jolly did not hold back.
“Lindsay Graham used to be their reverent conscience, if you will, of the Republican Party in the Trump years. He’s turned into a senator that in many opinions – including mine – he’s lost his mind.”
Graham was famously critical of Trump during his run for president. During a 2016 interview with Wolf Blitzer, he advocated kicking Trump out of the party.
“He took our problems in 2012 with Hispanics and made them far worse by espousing forced deportation. Looking back, we should have basically kicked him out of the party.”
Graham also criticized Trump during an interview with Fox News in 2016, “I’m a Republican and he’s not. He’s not a conservative Republican, he’s an opportunist. He’s not fit to be President of the United States.”
Graham has very much changed his tune on Trump’s presidency, becoming one of his most stalwart champions. He even turned on longtime friend Jeff Sessions. When Sessions was rumored to be on the chopping block, the South Carolina senator threw him under the bus.
He told reporters, “The President is entitled to an Attorney General he has faith in and that he expected Trump to fire Sessions sooner rather than later.”
He also acted as Trump’s chief pit bull during Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Many saw his actions then as his final descent into full on Trump supporter.
Conservatives continue to be aghast at the man they once saw as John McCain’s maverick successor.