Lindsey Graham had some violent words for Donald Trump Tuesday, saying, “come to South Carolina and I’ll beat his brains out.”
Graham, appearing on CNN’s “At This Hour,” argued that if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, it will be the “end of the Republican Party.”
Lindsey Graham: If he becomes the nominee, we’ll get killed.
Kate Bolduan: You may say it’s not sustainable, but it surely has sustained. Just look at the latest poll, this one coming out from Monmouth University. I know you saw this one. He not only has a sizable lead, we’ll throw it up there, 30 percent, it’s not just a lead anywhere, it’s in South Carolina. It’s in your home state.
Graham: I won 56 percent of my primary against six opponents. There’s 30 percent of my primary electorate that believes that Obama is a Muslim, that he was born in Kenya, and that would deport everybody. They’re frustrated. I’m just saying that the policies that Mr. Trump is proposing are demagoguery. His approach to describing legal immigrants are hurting us with Hispanics. The way he attacks women is going to be a death blow to the future of our party. Come to South Carolina and I’ll beat his brains out. I know my state. This is a silly season in politics. To say that you’re going to go to Iraq and Syria and take their oil and use it for our benefit as a way to destroy ISIL is insanely dangerous. you’re going to turn everybody into the Middle East against America if you do that, you won’t destroy ISIL. That will be his undoing.
Bolduan: Can you win the nomination without, in your strategy, can you win the nomination without winning South Carolina?
Graham: No, I’m going to win South Carolina. I have to do well in New Hampshire.
Graham: I got to do well in New Hampshire. If I do well in New Hampshire, I’ll win my state. Here is what will not happen, Donald Trump is not going to be the nominee of the Republican Party. If he is, that’s the end of the Republican party because who he is doing…
Bolduan: So if he is, what do you do?
Graham: Well then we’ll lose. We’ll lose, and we should lose. 65 percent of the Hispanic community in this country, legal Hispanics, find Mr. Trump offensive. I find him offensive. When he attacks Megyn Kelly, a lot of young women think, well, why would you do that? I find that offensive? where is the party leadership? Is that our position as a party?