Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE for several accomplishments in his first term while bemoaning “bullshit” faced by the president.
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Graham made the remarks while appearing alongside Trump at a rally in his home state of South Carolina on the eve of Saturday’s Democratic primary in the state.
“Thank you, more than anything else, for putting up with the never-ending bullshit you have to go through,” Graham said to raucous applause from the crowd in North Charleston.
It’s unclear exactly what Graham was referring to, though the GOP senator has been a vocal defender of the president, including during the impeachment proceedings that began in the House last year and ended with Trump’s acquittal in the Senate this month.
Graham’s remarks came moments after Trump lashed out at Democrats and the news media during the rally, accusing them of pursuing a “new hoax” with their criticism of his administration’s handling of the coronavirus.
“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump asserted at the rally.
“One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well,” Trump continued. “They tried the impeachment hoax.”
“This is their new hoax,” he added, apparently referring to Democrats’ criticism of the administration’s coronavirus response.
Trump in the past has ridiculed Democrats for pursuing their impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, labeling the effort along with the Russia probe as “bullshit.”
Graham, who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, touted Trump as a “damn good president,” pointing to his record of filing federal judicial nominations with conservative judges.
“Thank you for 200 conservative judges. Thank you for Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch,” Graham said in front of a crowd, referring to Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGOP senators urge Trump to back off Murkowski threat Judd Gregg: A government in free fall The 7 most anticipated Supreme Court decisions MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchJudd Gregg: A government in free fall The 7 most anticipated Supreme Court decisions Chief Justice Roberts wisely defers to California governor in church challenge MORE. “Thank you for rebuilding the military and killing the terrorist. Thank you for the strongest economy in my lifetime.”