Friday on CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he will not be going to the Republican National Committee Convention on July 18 in Cleveland because he can not support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Graham said, “I don’t believe Donald Trump is a reliable conservative Republican. Good luck to Paul Ryan finding a conservative agenda with this guy. I don’t think he has the temperament or judgment to be commander in chief. A lot of colleagues will vote for him enthusiastically. Some will hold their nose. I can’t go there with Donald.”
He continued, “I just don’t think Donald Trump is a reliable conservative Republican. And quite frankly, he lost me when he said my friend John McCain was a loser because he was captured as a POW. He lost me when he accused George W. Bush of lying to the American people about the Iraq war. And he thinks Putin’s a good guy. I just can’t go there. I respect people who can. And to Donald Trump, congratulations. You did a hell of a thing. You beat me and everybody else. I just really believe the Republican party is kind here and this guy is not a reliable conservative Republican.”
He continued,”I have a hard time supporting somebody who claimed Ted Cruz’s dad was associated with Lee Harvey Oswald and involved in the Kennedy assassination. I have a hard time supporting somebody for president who spent thousands of dollars of their own money trying to find out if President Obama was born in Kenya versus Hawaii. I think that’s crazy. I’m just glad we’re having the convention in Cleveland, not Area 51. I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”
When asked if he will attend the convention or not, the South Carolina Senator said, “You will not see me there. There’s no reason for me to go to the convention. I hope everybody has a good time. I think it would be one hell of a party. I’m just glad it’s in Cleveland and not Area 51. I wish the nominee of the Republican party would come to grips with the idea that Ted Cruz’s dad had nothing to do with killing Kennedy. That would be a good start.”
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