Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has not often been seen as a rock-ribbed conservative or a supporter of President Trump, but that has changed as of late. A man who used to be considered by many a compromising Republican has made an incredible transformation into a fiery conservative champion.
That was certainly evident on Monday.
Graham was interviewed by the hosts of “Fox & Friends” one day ahead of the midterm elections. Graham has been campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence to help sustain and grow Republican enthusiasm for a “red wave” on Tuesday and prevent Democrats from gaining power in Congress.
“I’ve never seen Republicans more united than I do now,” Graham declared. “I think we’re going to kick butt in the Senate, and the House is too close to call.”
As for what has driven Graham toward the right, he said it was the Democrats’ treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he was accused of sexual harassment and abuse in the eleventh hour of his confirmation process.
“I said enough is enough. I voted for both of their nominees — [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan — and all these Trump state Democrats voted against Kavanaugh,” he explained. “They voted against the tax cuts. And it’s pretty clear to me they’re not going to return the way I do business.”
“So it’s now time to clean house and put people in the Senate who could help President Trump change America, put conservative judges on the court, cut your taxes, and win a war we can’t afford to lose,” he continued.
“They [Democrats] brought out a different side of Lindsey Graham, and I hope all these candidates that voted against Kavanaugh...I hope they lose.”
Graham added that in speaking alongside Pence at rallies, he wants to “remind people how badly they [Democrats] treated Brett Kavanaugh, what they will do for power’s sake. There’s no boundaries when it comes to them [Democrats].”
“We’ve got to keep the Senate and grow a majority to get these judges on the court,” he reminded everyone, silently noting the possibility that Trump may get to nominate a third judge to the Supreme Court during his term.
“If anyone’s going to ever cut a deal in the Senate [with the other side],” it’s always been you. Is this your way of saying ‘I’m throwing up my hands’?” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked.
“No, this is the way of saying I’m going to fight for my side of the aisle, and I’ll cut deals with you after the election,” Graham replied. “But what you [Democrats] did was basically take the rule of law, turned it upside down.”
“You tried to destroy a good man...you want power too much, and I’m fighting back.”
Graham startled the nation in September when he turned on Democrats during the contentious Kavanaugh hearings, jabbing a finger at them and yelling, “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve seen in politics!”
“Boy, you all want power! God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham,” he continued at the time. “God, I hate to say it, because these [Democrats] have been my friends. But let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process? You [Kavanaugh] came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”
Watch his brief interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday below: