Did Lindsey Graham say Republicans would be ‘destroyed’ if they nominated Donald Trump?

Claim:

Senator Lindsey Graham once said Republicans would be “devastated” if they nominated Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

Evaluation:

TRUE

A statement allegedly made by South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham began circulating on social media after the Republican senator made an emotional, angry and dramatic statement defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a hearing into sexual assault allegations against the nominee in September 2018. Some social media users were surprised by Graham’s appearance in defending President Trump’s nominee, as they were addressing a Time recalled when Senator Donald was very critical of Trump as a politician:

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“If we nominate Trump, we will be destroyed…and we will deserve it” is a genuine quote from Senator Graham, originally posted on his official Twitter account on May 3, 2016. A screenshot of the tweet, which is still available on Graham’s timeline as of this writing can be seen below:

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This tweet was posted a day before Donald Trump became the Republican Party putative candidate for President of the United States on May 4, 2016. Before that date, Graham, who also ran for President, but completed During his election campaign in December 2015 before the primaries, he was often critical of Donald Trump.

Graham for example repeated called The Trump card was not qualified be president and be that participation in the Choice Proceedings was damaging for the republican Party:

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Graham struck a more forgiving tone volume with Trump after he won the Republican Party nomination and eventually stood up for Trump after the election.

A number of news agencies, such as Politically, meshable, new York magazine, the Washington Post, MSNBCand the New York Times have noted Graham’s transition from never-Trumper to Trump supporter. On June 22, 2018 the Conservative Weekly standard threw their two cents into the conversation:

While most Republicans aligned ahead of the 2016 election, Lindsey Graham — along with fellow senators Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, John McCain and Rob Portman — was a high-profile NeverTrumper on Election Day. “My party has gone insane,” Graham said in a February 2016 speech about Trump. Graham told Fox News that Trump “is a madman. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit to be president.”

But sometime after the election, Graham became a neo-Trumper. “You know what worries me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to brand the president as some kind of weirdo,” Graham said in November 2017. “I intend to support him outright in 2020,” Graham tells me now .

What has changed since 2016? A neocon, in Irving Kristol’s famous phrase, was a liberal invaded by reality. So neo-Trumpers like Graham are NeverTrumpers who have been ambushed by – what exactly? Need? expediency? sean hannity

To hear Graham say it, politics has changed his mind. “He’s going to do great things,” Graham says of the president. “He built the military. I fought for it. He got out of the Iran deal. I fought for it. He destroys ISIL. I fought for it . He’s doing a lot of what I’ve fought for and I’m satisfied.” Graham now speaks regularly with Trump and has become a close ally on issues ranging from North Korea to public health.

What about the temperament issues that made Trump unfit for President in Graham’s view in 2016? Is there anything in particular, I ask, that has convinced the senator that Trump isn’t the “crazy” Graham called him at the time? “First, I got to know him,” says Graham. “I played golf with him. You know, if you play golf with someone for three or four hours, you get to know them better. He’s damn funny. He has a great sense of humor. There is a method to madness.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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