In 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-NC) was clear on how he felt about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” Graham said. “He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represents the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.”
Graham was also a close friend of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), whom now-President Donald Trump continues to loathe.
But in 2019, Graham is now one of Trump’s most unwavering allies. He demonstrated that most recently in an interview with Fox & Friends while defending Trump’s racist tweets, in which he told four minority congresswomen to “go back” to their countries (all are American).
It wasn’t long until The View‘s Meghan McCain—Senator McCain’s daughter, who once described Graham as an uncle to her—slammed his defense of Trump’s “old, racist dog whistles” in no uncertain terms.
.@MeghanMcCain slams the “cowardice” of the GOP for not speaking out against Pres. Trump’s tweets on the Democratic congresswomen, including Sen. Lindsey Graham’s defense of Trump: “Whatever is happening to Lindsey, this is not the person I used to know.” https://t.co/jhwvRbePNv pic.twitter.com/iYg2Tpt5pG
— The View (@TheView) July 15, 2019
She also criticized her own party for its silence on Trump’s incendiary comments.
“The cowardice I’m seeing, Republicans not speaking out and saying it today is embarrassing,” the conservative McCain said. “It’s deeply cowardly.”
“Whatever’s happening to Lindsey, this is not the person I used to know.”
People on both sides of the aisle agreed.
I do not usually agree with @MeghanMcCain; however, she is absolutely right about these tweets and the cowardice shown by Republican members of Congress to not condemn them. I am sure she was sick yesterday thinking about how to respond. At least she did and forcefully.
— ND4ME (@ndfb4evah) July 15, 2019
Telling American citizens to go back from where they came from
Just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean you tell them to get out
You don't see me telling Melania to go back where she came from
— looktotherose (@looktotherose) July 15, 2019
I've thought of your father several time recently. Often wondering what he'd say to Lindsey. Would Lindsey even have the guts say these things if your dad were alive? If so, would their friendship survive?
I may not have agreed politically with him, but I sure liked him.
— Elaine (@emac66) July 15, 2019
I can't believe it, but I wholeheartedly AGREE with Meghan McCain — and I do give her credit for calling out a dear family friend.
— Boy Culture Blog (@mattrett) July 15, 2019
Meghan gets a lot of flack for her views and her temper tantrums, but I do commend her for speaking out about the ridiculousness of trump. If only the GOP could follow suit.
— kmmm005 (@kmmm005) July 15, 2019
Let’s hope other Conservatives follow McCain’s lead.