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Graham: ‘I Know What Was Said’
In a Monday interview with a newspaper in his nome state, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) said that his “memory hasn’t evolved” about the meeting he attended where President Donald Trump used the “shithole countries” pejorative about African nations.
Speaking with The Post and Courier, Graham’s comments are a not-so-subtle jab at Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) who were also in the meeting but somehow couldn’t initially recall the president’s exact words. They would later go on to categorically deny the claims in television interviews on Sunday, despite the fact that Graham and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) have both said Trump used those exact words during the meeting.
“I know what was said and I know what I said,” Graham said Monday.
Sen. Graham goes on to outline his response to Trump when he made the insulting remarks:
“I tried to make it very clear to the president that when you say ‘I’m an American,’ what does that mean?” Graham said. “It doesn’t mean that they’re black or white, rich or poor. It means that you buy into an ideal of self-representation, compassion, tolerance, the ability to practice one’s religion without interference and the acceptance of those who are different.
“So at the end of the day, an American is a person who believes in ideals that have stood the test of time,” Graham added. “It’s not where you come from that matters, it’s what you’re willing to do once you get here.”
It’s somewhat odd to see those words coming from Graham’s mouth considering how buddy-buddy he has been with the president in recent weeks. With Republican lawmakers seemingly looking for the exits as quick as possible before the midterms, however, it could be that the South Carolina Senator is simply keeping his ear to the political winds and trying to better position himself to weather the coming Congressional storm that’s likely to come in with a Democratic wave this fall.