Newspaper article MinnPost.com

From Maverick to Leading Trump Ally: BuzzFeed Examines Lindsey Graham’s Shift

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

From Maverick to Leading Trump Ally: BuzzFeed Examines Lindsey Graham’s Shift

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“What the hell happened to Lindsey Graham?” is the very good headline on a very good BuzzFeed piece on a question that I’ve wondered about myself.

Graham, in his days as John McCain’s best buddy in the Senate, used to be the other maverick — willing to break party stereotypes and make common cause with centrist Democrats to create to create various “gangs” (gangs of bipartisan possibilities to break deadlocks on important issues, including immigration), and he was among the loudest Republican critics of Trump (“If we nominate Trump we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it”).

Now he’s a leading Trump ally, and went bonkers during the Brett Kavanagh hearings.

BuzzFeed reporter Paul McLeod goes through the possible explanations, including political survival instincts and genuine anger during the Kavanaugh hearings. …

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