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Tue May 12, 2020, 09:06 AM

Former Lindsey Graham donor backs his Democratic challenger after questioning Graham's principles

Source: CNN

(CNN)A prominent donor to Sen. Lindsey Graham said this week he broke with the South Carolina Republican to support his Democratic challenger after he started to question Graham's principles.

Richard Wilkerson, the former chairman and president of Michelin North America, said in an opinion piece published Sunday in the Greenville News that he supported Graham until 2017 when he "started having real misgivings about him when he failed to mount any significant defense" of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, who President Donald Trump frequently attacked both before his passing in 2018 and after.

"I asked myself, 'What is the character of a man who will not defend his best friend? If he won't defend John McCain, why would I expect him to defend any of us in South Carolina?'" Wilkerson wrote of Graham, who is one of Trump's strongest defenders in Congress.

He continued: "My conclusion was that he was more interested in currying favor than in honoring the memory of a true American hero whom he had described as his best friend. I was extremely disappointed."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/politics/lindsey-graham-donor-support-challenger/index.html



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Reply Former Lindsey Graham donor backs his Democratic challenger after questioning Graham's principles (Original post)
demmiblue May 2020 OP
Ninga May 2020 #1
Raster May 2020 #2
truthisfreedom May 2020 #3
demmiblue May 2020 #5
MoonchildCA May 2020 #7
not_the_one May 2020 #10
MoonchildCA May 2020 #14
tavernier May 2020 #15
lagomorph777 May 2020 #11
MissMillie May 2020 #4
patphil May 2020 #6
keithbvadu2 May 2020 #8
SWBTATTReg May 2020 #9
Miguelito Loveless May 2020 #12
flibbitygiblets May 2020 #13
Rizen May 2020 #16
mahina May 2020 #17

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:11 AM

1. More! Onward!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:15 AM

2. Wake up and smell the putrid coffee, Wilkerson...

...You helped brew it. Here, have a nice big cup.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:16 AM

3. Keep exposing the self-serving coward. Miss Lindsey has no defense but to try to hold the edges of

her skirts out of the mud she now wades in.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:18 AM

5. Lindsey Graham is a man. n/t

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:34 AM

7. There are plenty of things to call him out on,

But referring to him as a she, in order to condemn him, just comes off as transphobic. Is that not against the rules here? I wonít alert, but...

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:41 AM

10. I'm sure truthisfreedom is aware Lindsey is NOT trans,

 

but when you want to purposely insult someone with maximum impact, you use whatever tact needed that will hit home for THEM.

When I came out in the mid-70's one of my biggest areas of discomfort was with (almost) ALL gay men referring to each other with feminine names, and the wholesale "camping it up" whenever we were in our own, isolated groups. (If we did it in public we would get our asses beat.) I saw it as implying that we all wanted to be women. I knew I didn't, so why would they do it? I also viewed drag as more of a freak show, than anything else.

It was a slow learning curve experience for me. Expressing our feminine side takes a lot more courage than MOST straight men will ever have.

As with anything, the more you are exposed to something, the less "other" it is. Our "feminine" side does seem to be where our sympathy and empathy lies. We would be better people building a better world, if we were more comfortable expressing it.

THEY (the haters) are the ones who have defined those qualities as lesser. But those traits to aspire to aren't defined by dresses, make up, "fuck me stilettos" (like Melania's ), they just seem to be much more prevalent, and much more accessible by our sisters. We don't have to dress up like them to manifest those traits. We CAN if we want, and THAT is cool. But the LGBTQ community are so lucky in that it is already part of our basic make up, and can tap into it at will.

Poor widdle Limpsey (sic) can't. And THAT is where his problem lies. He is still just another fucking closet case. He can fluff and fellate in private (I apologize for THAT disgusting visual), but he is well aware that he is just another coward being philosophically raped by one of the most EPIC LOSERS of all time.

Sadly, little turdlette Graham is guilty of rampant and blatant HYPOCRISY. HE may be offended by the feminine references, which is why we use them, but WE aren't.

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR DUALITY.

ALL HAIL RUPAUL!!!

And, honestly, if you have never watched Rupaul's Drag Race, DO!!! (preferably on VH1, since it is in true high definition, and you MUST see the makeup in high definition ) Yes, they do have to act like "any of the housewives shows", because it is expected AND we can be catty bitches... But you will also see personal fears and self doubts displayed like few "real" men could ever do. It is a very touching and loving show.

And DAMN are those MEN beautiful. But NONE are as beautiful as Ru!

So, as a man, I don't take offense when others try using anything "feminine" as an insult, because I know that in reality, it is the ultimate complement.



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Response to not_the_one (Reply #10)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:01 PM

14. Thank you for your long, thoughtful response.

I donít think he believes him to be trans either, but referring to him in that way as an insult, implies that there is something wrong with that. Itís seems more derogatory towards the trans community than towards Lindsay Graham.

Like when Arnold Shwartznegger called legislators ďgirlie men.Ē I, as a female, found that offensive because rather than an insult to the men, it was an insult to women, implying that we are weak.

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Response to not_the_one (Reply #10)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:12 PM

15. Interesting

and colorfully shared. Being straight but living in a gay community, I long ago realized what the Rainbow Flag meant to me... my straight friends are nice but mostly black and white, where as my gay friends are usually in radiant living color. I always look forward to seeing them with a tiny bit greater joy.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:55 AM

11. Agreed; no need for transphobe epithet for Leningrad Lindsey,

when a Russiaphobic one serves beautifully!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:17 AM

4. Principles?

Since when does Lindsay Graham have principles?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:30 AM

6. Graham's loyalities will always be with whoever he thinks will help him the most.

He doesn't serve anyone but himself.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:56 AM

8. Every republican running should have his image paired with an image of Trump saying "I take no respo

Every republican running should have his image paired with an image of Trump saying "I take no responsibility at all."

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:02 AM

9. I don't blame the donor/supporter. Many republicans abandoned principles and values they have

had for many years, and for what? Some freeloader who didn't really give a crap about any party, let alone the republican party. The fact that these republicans let someone take over their party so easily really disgusts me in that its obvious that they are not in it for Country, not in it for Party, but instead, for personal enrichment at taxpayer expense, damn the voters.

Massive and persistent greed throughout the entire republican party is why they allowed rump in at the top of their ticket.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:02 PM

12. It's taken you this long to question his non-existant principles?

Someone didn't get what they paid for.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:38 PM

13. "Jaime Harrison" is the name, not "Democratic Challenger". Name recognitionimportant!!

Harrison's campaign brought in a total of $7.2 million in the first three months of 2020, while Graham brought in nearly $5.6 million. Though Harrison's numbers for the first quarter outpace Graham's, the incumbent senator has raised more total since the beginning of the cycle -- trumping his opponent by over $6 million. Additionally, Graham's campaign has more than $4.8 million more cash on hand than Harrison.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/16/politics/jaime-harrison-lindsey-graham-fundraising/index.html

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:22 PM

16. I hate Lindsey Graham

The donor's right; he has no principles. He's become such a sniveling lap dog of Trump. But that's all the Republican party is now, the cult of Trump.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:07 PM

17. Cool but there are multiple Democratic challengers. I like Jaime Harrison. He is progressive, part

of the black community, smart as hello, paid his dues.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_Harrison

Nothing against Amy, she is very good. I just like Jaime better. I donít care what gender anyone is or isnít.

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