Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina, recently found himself in a bit of a pickle at a MAGA rally in his home state. The crowd was not particularly pleased to see him, and let their displeasure be known with a chorus of boos and jeers. Ouch, talk about a rough reception in your own backyard!
WATCH: Lindsey Graham Booed at MAGA Rally in His Home State of South Carolina, Trump Tries to Help https://t.co/rADpsGaEoy
— RedState (@RedState) July 2, 2023
Graham did his best to win over the crowd, making appeals to their shared geography and their support for former President Donald Trump. He reminded them that Pickens County, where the rally was being held, had more Medal of Honor winners per capita than anywhere else in the nation. He even tried to bond with them by asking how many of them believed Trump was a great president. Unfortunately for Graham, his efforts fell flat.
The crowd won’t stop booing Sen. Lindsey Graham at Trump’s rally in Pickens, South Carolina is the best thing you will see all day. How did Graham's PR team think this was a good idea? #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/FV040JqmFU
— MattHasTweets (@MattHasTweets_) July 1, 2023
HAPPENING NOW: Lindsey Graham getting booed viciously at the Trump Rally in his home state pic.twitter.com/rNKWUA1fSd
— Randy the Savage (@reannadilley) July 1, 2023
Loud, prolonged boos for Sen. Lindsey Graham as he takes the stage.
— Justin Dougherty (@DoughertyJC) July 1, 2023
Sen. Lindsey Graham gets booed in South Carolina pic.twitter.com/gViGifeMAy
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) July 1, 2023
The crowd won’t stop booing Sen. Lindsey Graham at Trump’s rally in Pickens, South Carolina. Some people are yelling “Traitor!” pic.twitter.com/vIq0lXJg7z
— Kate Sullivan (@KateSullivanDC) July 1, 2023
Trump: You can make mistakes on occasion. Even Lindsey down here, Senator Lindsey Graham.
Trump: I know it's half and half. But when I need some of those liberal votes, he’s always there to help me. pic.twitter.com/yloBbhSOMo
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 1, 2023
Now, I have to say, I can understand the crowd’s frustration. Graham has often been seen as a wishy-washy Republican who has a tendency to cozy up to the Democrats. It’s no wonder the MAGA crowd wasn’t thrilled to see him, especially since they see him as a traitor to the Trump cause.
And speaking of Trump, he tried to come to Graham’s rescue during his own speech at the rally. But even Trump’s endorsement couldn’t win over the crowd completely. They still expressed their disapproval every time Graham’s name was mentioned. Yikes, that’s gotta sting!
But let’s not forget the bigger picture here. South Carolina is an important primary state, and the battle between Trump and Ron DeSantis for the GOP nomination is heating up. Graham’s lukewarm reception at the rally shows that he may not have the support he needs to win over Republican voters in his home state. It’s a tough spot to be in when you’re trying to secure reelection, that’s for sure.
All in all, it’s clear that Graham has some work to do if he wants to win back the favor of the MAGA crowd. As a conservative Republican, I can see why they’re frustrated with him. It’s time for Graham to step up and prove that he’s a true conservative who will fight for their values. Otherwise, he may find himself on the losing side of the Republican primary.