South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who ran a failed campaign for president, revealed today that he will not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president this year.
Graham has been an outspoken critic of both Trump and Clinton, and his announcement that the will not vote for either candidate is not completely surprising.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, says he will not vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton for president this year.
Graham says in a statement Friday he “cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.”
South Carolina’s senior senator also says he will join a growing list of veteran Republicans, including both Presidents Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain and others, now declining to attend the party’s convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio.
Graham ran his own 2016 campaign for president, and was early to attack Trump in the starkest of terms — telling voters they should tell Trump he should “go to hell.”
“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” Graham told CNN late last year.
Trump responded in kind, even releasing Graham’s personal cell phone number in public.
Graham’s refusal to support Trump is another stark illustration of the schism within the GOP — especially in the field of candidates who ran for president.
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