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Opinion: The mysterious case of Lindsey Graham's political transformation

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), waits to begin a hearing on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is exploring the FBI's investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian election interference. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Richard N. Bond writes that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's political transformation from moderate voice of reason to Trump sycophant is proof that Graham is a political opportunist who places his desire for power above his own professed standards of decency.

Graham may have been wrong about the 2016 election outcome, but his predictions about Trump's unfitness for office, bungling policy issues and tearing the Republican Party apart were sadly prophetic.

Graham issued a statement saying: "I had a great lunch meeting with President Trump today.

Since Trump's 2020 loss, Graham has embraced the former president to a degree that surpasses even Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who both challenged the 2020 election results on January 6.

In fact, Graham was one of the first senators to spend time with Trump after the January 6 riot.

Graham then endorsed Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, for the vacant US Senate seat in neighboring North Carolina.

Additionally, Graham condemned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's blistering critique of Trump following the impeachment trial saying, "He (McConnell) got a load off his chest obviously.

This past weekend, Graham said he discussed with Trump an "America first agenda that can help unite the party. " But what did Trump say?

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