CNN on Monday noted the curious evolution in Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has transformed from a staunch critic of President Donald Trump into one of his most reliable toadies.
During a discussion of Trump’s latest insult of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), CNN’s John King noted that Graham put out a statement praising McCain’s legacy and service to his country, while never once calling out Trump personally for continuing to insult him even after his death last year.
Later in the segment, King played a supercut showing the way Graham has changed his tune about Trump over the years — and it was not a flattering picture for the senator.
“Just stop being a jackass,” Graham said of Trump in July 2015. “You don’t have to run for president and be the world’s biggest jackass.”
“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” Graham said of Trump later that year.
“I think he’s a kook,” Graham said in February 2016. “I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”
By November 2017, however, Graham had done a complete 180-degree turn.
“What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy some kind of kook, not fit to be president,” Graham said.
“I like the president, I want to help him, I hope he’s successful, he’s been a friend to me,” Graham said in June 2018.
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Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.
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While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.
Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.
New revelation in Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush money payoff is an impeachable offense: CNN panel
A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.
"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."