Gra­ham’s shame­less trans­for­ma­tion

The Week (US) - - 12 News - Frank Bruni

The New York Times

There are plenty of sell­outs in pol­i­tics, but Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham takes the cake as the “quin­tes­sen­tial Washington hack,” said Frank Bruni. The Repub­li­can from South Carolina, once one of Don­ald Trump’s strong­est Repub­li­can crit­ics, has sunk to a new low in his shame­less kow­tow­ing to the pres­i­dent and the Trump­ists who now dom­i­nate the Repub­li­can Party. Dur­ing the Ka­vanaugh hear­ings, Gra­ham’s red-faced rant in de­fense of the nom­i­nee was as out­ra­geously “over­wrought” as a diva’s aria at La Scala. Back dur­ing the 2016 GOP pres­i­den­tial pri­maries, Gra­ham called Trump “the world’s big­gest jack­ass” and said, “You know how you make Amer­i­can great again? Tell Don­ald Trump to go to hell.” Yet now Gra­ham is all in on MAGA. He sup­ports Trump even when the pres­i­dent threat­ens to fire At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions to halt the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and ex­cuses Trump’s “men­dac­ity, misog­yny, racism, and unchecked greed.” What’s driv­ing this cringe­wor­thy about-face? Is Gra­ham au­di­tion­ing for Ses­sions’ at­tor­ney gen­eral job? What­ever his mo­ti­va­tions, Gra­ham em­bod­ies “our rot­ten pol­i­tics,” and its deeply cyn­i­cal and tribal na­ture, bet­ter than any­one ex­cept Trump him­self.

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