U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at one time was a high-profile critic of President Donald Trump. Establishment media kingpins loved to quote Graham because of his acerbic rhetoric against Trump. But lately Graham has shifted his tone. In December, Graham played golf with the president and heaped praise on him. And last week at a meeting in Washington DC, Trump characterized the change in Graham.
“Lindsey. Used to be a great enemy of mine, now he’s a great friend of mine. I really like Lindsey. Can you believe that? I never thought I’d say that, but I do like him a lot,” Trump said.
Graham answered by lauding Trump’s effort on immigration reform.
“Obama couldn’t do it. Bush couldn’t do it. I think you can do it,” Graham to Trump. “I’ve never been more optimistic about an immigration reform proposal making it to the president’s desk right now.”
Graham has also been effusive toward Trump for Trump’s foreign policy, including Trump’s decision to de-certify the Iran nuclear deal.
Graham’s cooperation coincides with the full GOP Senate’s unity that was essential to passing Trump’s tax cut bill in late December, that included an elimination of the Obamacare mandate.
Prominent Radio Talk Host Rush Limbaugh said he thinks critical members of the Republican Party are finally realizing that the Russia Collusion charge against the Trump Campaign is a farce. But it is also possible that the loss of the Alabama U.S. Senate seat woke up the Senate? Did the Senate see the ghost of the GOP Senate’s future (massive losses) if the members did not stop bickering over inconsequential matters with Trump- and do the will of the people who put all of them in office. Of course it could be internal polling in South Carolina by Grhama, that shows Trump highly popular (by more than 11 percentage points) compared to his opposition.
Regardless, there has been a change with Graham. The media will still prod him- in hopes of an anti-Trump barb. But it seems Graham is on board with the president, and it the Seante stays in concert with Trump- any hopes for a Democrat comeback are severely diminished.