Lindsey Graham has experienced the full spectrum of Trump support. He has gone from emphatically opposing Trump, to tacit indifference, to full support, and is now rescinding that support.
Graham seems to be having a moral conflict between what he perceives his duty to his party to be and opposing a man who espouses ignorant and divisive rhetoric on top of questionable policy stances.
Graham told the New York Times that it was time for Republicans to abandon ship:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, another former primary rival of Mr. Trump’s, urged Republicans who have backed Mr. Trump to rescind their endorsements, citing the remarks about Judge Curiel and Mr. Trump’s expression of doubt on Sunday that a Muslim judge could remain neutral in the same lawsuit, given Mr. Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim noncitizens entering the country.
“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Mr. Graham said. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
Could Republicans be coming down with a case of buyer’s remorse even before the nominee’s coronation? Interestingly enough, someone in Trump’s inner circle leaked an embarrassing conference call concerning Trump’s racial rhetoric and his Trump University case. During the call Trump reportedly talks down to his biggest supporters and forcefully pushes them to defend his statements. Trump also egged on his inner circle to attack journalists. What is telling about all this is that someone leaked the call to the press, meaning someone isn’t too comfortable with what is happening inside the campaign.