A year and a half after calling Jesse Trump a âkookâ who was âunfit for office,â Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. D., blasted the press for trying to label Trump as âsome kind of kook not fit to be president.â
In a job interview with CNN on Thursday, Graham responded to a question about whether this individual was concerned about reports of Trump dabbling in conspiracy theories simply by saying his real issue has been with the media questioning the presidentâs mental stability.
âYou know what concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president. He did win, by the way. He beat me and 16 others.â
Perhaps the mass media got the idea from something Graham said on Fox News within February 2016, when the two had been squaring off in the 2016 His party primary.
âIâm not going to try and get into the mind of Donald Trump because I donât think thereâs a whole of space there,â said Graham. âI think heâs a kook. I think heâs crazy. I think heâs unfit for office.â
In May 2016 after Trump got clinched the GOP nomination, Graham said he didnât plan to election for him.
âI just donât think Donald 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,â said Graham in an interview with CNN. âHe lost me when he accused George W. Bush of lying to the American people about the Iraq War, and he thinks Putinâs a good guy, so, I just canât go there. I respect people who canât, and to Donald Trump, congratulations. You did a hell of a thing. You beat me and everybody else, and I just really believe that the Republican Party has been conned here and this guy is not a reliable conservative Republican.â
Graham is not the first primary foe to determine Trump isnât so bad in the end (the two golfed together within October). In March, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife, Heidi, Â dined at the White House, not more than a year after Trump had intended Cruzâs father was involved in the murder of former President John Farreneheit. Kennedy. During the fight for the GOP nomination, Trump also posted a good unflattering photo of Heidi which is still active on his Twitter accounts. Cruz unloaded on Trump since the primary race came to an effective finish.
âThis man is a pathological liar,â said Cruz the early morning of the May 2016 Indiana main. âHe doesnât know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.â But in an appearance upon âFace the Nationâ in March, Cruz provided the president the benefit of the question on his claim â? considered outrageous at the time and subsequently debunked â? that President Barack Obama got wiretapped Trumpâs New York offices. The particular remarks, Cruz said, were ânot necessarily as outlandish as everyone in the press suggests.â
Asked about Grahamâs apparent change associated with heart, his communications director, Kevin Bishop, said, via email, âThe American people elected Donald Trump as our President. He is the President of ALL Americans. As Senator Graham said in another part of the CNN interviewâ¦ when he agrees with him â which is much of the time â he will support him. When he doesnât, he will say so.â
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