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Lindsey Graham to Trump: 'Your Opponent Right Now Is Yourself'


By    |   Thursday, 04 Aug 2016 01:20 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he won't vote for either GOP nominee Donald Trump or his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in November, and he does not trust either with the nuclear codes.

"I'm not supporting Mr. Trump," Graham told CNN's "At This Hour With Berman and Bolduan" program. "I don't think he has the judgment and experience. He hasn't shown the judgment in my view to be commander in chief."

For one, Graham continued, Russian President Vladimir Putin is "not our friend. [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad staying in power is a bad deal."

He said he can also give plenty of reasons why he's not supporting Clinton, as "that's easy for a Republican. At the end of the day, Trump's temperament and judgment are what people find lacking in him."

Graham served in the Senate with Clinton and worked on foreign policy with her, but still said he does not want "either one of them" handling the nuclear codes, even though he does not think Trump would start a nuclear war.

"My problem with Mr. Trump is he doesn't, in my view, understand who our enemies are and who our friends, are and he doesn't understand the Mideast for the complexity that it is," said Graham.

"He's an isolationist, he's to the left of the Republican Party. No, I don't think Donald Trump would just wake up one day and start a nuclear war. Here's my problem, I don't think he understands how to win this war any better than Obama. Show me that I'm wrong."

On Wednesday, Trump commented during a rally that the Republican Party has "never been so well unified," and Graham said that the GOP nominee is wrong.

Further, he called Trump's refusal to endorse his friend Arizona Sen. John McCain "short-sighted" and his backing away from House Speaker Paul Ryan, and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte in their primaries a mistake.

McCain is the GOP's best chance to keep the Arizona Senate seat a Republican one, and the better McCain does in Arizona, the more it will help Donald Trump, said Graham.

The problem, Graham said, is that Trump "can't take criticism."

"If you really want to be president of the United States, this is the best chance you'll get," he said of Trump facing off against Clinton. "You're running against somebody most people don't want to vote for, they don't trust, they don't like. The reason you're doing so poorly, you've scared people. They don't think you have the temperament, the judgment for the job. Prove them wrong."

Trump has been involved in great projects and built great buildings, Graham continued, but his campaign strategy is not working

"Attacking Paul Ryan and John McCain is not helping you with the Hispanics and young women and you need to do better with both groups to have a chance to win the White House and you want Kelly, John McCain and Paul Ryan on the ticket with you, because they're the best candidates we could ever hope to have in their respective states," Graham said.

Graham does think Trump could defeat Clinton, but there's no way he'll beat Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who will continue to have Americans' support.

"His son gave his life for our country," said Graham of Khan. "So every day that we talk about Mr. Khan and Donald Trump, it's bad for Trump and everybody else."

Graham also said he does not think Trump has a strategy to exploit Clinton's weaknesses, and that he should not be fighting Khan, McCain, Ayotte, Ryan or anyone else

"Your opponent right now, Mr. Trump, is yourself," he told CNN.

But Graham does not agree with growing speculation about Trump's mental health, as "you can't be as successful as he's been without being — he's not crazy."

"He doesn't have discipline," said Graham. "This is not a real estate deal where you can bully your way into a good deal. He's running against somebody who is very week and if he could get on this, make this competitive."

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