Way back in 2015, when the South Carolina senator said he would be the billionaire businessman for the Republican presidential nomination, Graham said: "You know how to make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell." And, oh yeah, Graham also called Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot."
Fast-forward to the here and now. "To every Republican, if you do not stand behind this president, we're not going to stand behind you," Graham said in South Carolina recently. It's not just about any other president. " (In 2017, Graham said he was "the happiest dude in America right now," adding: "We've got a president and a national security team that I've been dreaming of for eight years.")
80-degree turn on Trump's John McCain – Graham's best friend in the Senate. Trump's attacks, Graham was more full-throated in his response on Wednesday; Ms. McCain and his service, "Graham said of Trump."
On Thursday morning, we had a hard evidence that proves a) why Graham is playing so nice with Trump and b) that it's working. A new Winthrop Poll shows that almost three in four republican and republican leaners (74%) approve of the job that Graham is doing in the state. Trump's 82% job approval rating among South Carolina Republicans in that same poll. "
" Graham's approval has been courtesy of his defense and alignment with President Trump, "Winthrop Poll director Scott Huffmon said. "While Graham's numbers used to be those of other Republicans among GOP identifiers, he has been taken down the presidents' banner on every issue, his approval among Republicans in South Carolina has steadily risen."
Graham admitted that his embrace of Trump is politically motivated in an interview with New York Times' Mark Leibovich. "He said."
Graham is undoubtedly focused on his political future. In the next year's GOP primary.
The Point : You can dislike – or even hate – Graham's cozying up to trump. But what you can not debate is this: It's working.