South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham launched into highly charged anti-Trump rhetoric on Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation. He attacked GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying that the only person Trump could beat in the general election was Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness himself.
Re-affirming his support for Texan senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Graham delivered scathing criticism of the GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who appears poised to win the party’s nomination to run for president in November.
Graham, who earlier dropped out of the nomination race, recalled recent comments by the former House Speaker John Boehner, who called Cruz, the candidate that Graham supports, “Lucifer in the flesh.”
Boehner had launched an attack on Cruz during an appearance at Stanford University last week. According to Boehner, although he gets along with both Democrats and Republicans, he had never known a “more miserable son-of-a-b***h” than Cruz.
Boehner made it clear that he would not vote for Cruz.
Graham said on Face The Nation that Boehner’s comments show that there is a civil war going on in the Republican Party.
“John [Boehner] and I are very close friends. But he’s embracing Donald Trump, and I am not,” he said.
According to Graham, Trump could not win the general election while “polling like Lucifer” among women and Hispanics.
“I think Lucifer is the only person Trump could beat in a general election.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about Lucifer. I think Lucifer is the only person Trump could beat in a general election,” Graham said.
“When it comes to women and Hispanics, Trump polls like Lucifer, so this is a contest between conservatism and Trumpism, and Trumpism will get creamed in the ballot box,” Graham said.
He then went to warn that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for the country in domestic as well as in foreign policy.
He warned that, if Trump is allowed to implement his foreign policy ideas, it would lead to another 9/11 disaster.
“I believe Donald Trump’s foreign policy is isolationism, it will lead to another 9/11. Trump is the most unelectable candidate we could put up against Hillary Clinton,” he said. “Women and Hispanics hate his guts — and for good reason.”
“When it comes to women and Hispanics, Trump polls like Lucifer.”
He insisted that the Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton would beat Trump in the November general election despite her low favorability rating.
“She [Clinton] will mop the floor with Donald Trump because – with women and Hispanics, they hate Donald Trump because he’s so harsh and he’s so cruel in his policies toward illegal immigration, and he’s so insulting toward women in general,” Graham said.
Graham urged Cruz not to give up the race, saying that, although Trump was ahead, he has not won the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the party nomination.
Trump responded to Graham, boasting that he ran Graham “out of the race like a little boy!”
“I watched Sen. Graham on @FaceTheNation. Why don’t they say that I ran him out of the race like a little boy,” he tweeted from Indiana.
Also speaking at a rally in Terre Haute, Indiana, Trump slammed Graham, saying, “Nobody remembers that he ran and he made a total fool of himself in the race!”
He boasted he does not need Graham’s support. He said that while he has referred to Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich as primary contest “leftovers,” he would now describe them as “two guys who are hanging by their fingernails… choking [and crying] ‘don’t let me fall!’”
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