Lindsey Graham is in serious trouble in his South Carolina senate race. He spent most of the day on Friday desperately trying to avoid taking a COVID-19 test prior to his debate with Jaime Harrison. Harrison, who has been out-raising the South Carolina incumbent by massive amounts.Recent polls show that Graham is either trailing or tied with Harrison and he is desperate for every vote he can get. Still, the Republican’s Friday night pitch to young black voters was quite odd.
Graham was asked about systemic racism in South Carolina. He replied, “Do I believe that our cops are systemically racist? No. Do I believe that South Carolina is a racist state? No. To young people of color, to young immigrants, this is a great state.”
The GOP lawmaker continued, “I am asking every African-American out there, look at my record. I care about everybody, if you are a young African-American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative not liberal.”
Harrison was asked about the reality of police brutality and systemic racism prior to Graham. He replied, “Just as slavery was ended, we can end the epidemic of police brutality in this country and root out the systemic racism that oppresses communities of color across South Carolina and our entire country.”
Watch a clip of Graham’s answer below:
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