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Monday, October 24, 2016

Donald Trump doesn’t forget an insult — especially from someone who once tried to be his friend. The latest target of his wrath is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — the underdog candidate who has now received the dubious “honor” of becoming The Donald’s number-one enemy for a day.

Appearing Monday on CNN, Graham absolutely savaged Trump’s attack on his friend Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) military record as a prisoner of war, repeatedly calling Trump a “jackass.”

“He’s bringing his name down, and he’s not helping the process, and he shouldn’t be commander in chief,” Graham said, later going on to add: “I am really pissed.”

Graham resumed the name calling Tuesday, on CBS This Morning.

“I don’t care if he drops out — stay in the race, just stop being a jackass. You don’t have to run for president, and be the world’s biggest jackass.”

He also said of his own comment: “A lot of people are offended — the jackasses are offended.”

Trump’s response: During a campaign appearance in Graham’s home state of South Carolina, The Donald ridiculed Graham mercilessly.

“This guy, Lindsey Graham, so he calls me a ‘jackass’ this morning,” Trump said. “And I said to myself, ‘You know, it’s amazing. He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy, okay? He actually probably seems to me not as bright honestly as Rick Perry. I think Rick Perry is probably smarter than Lindsey Graham, but what do I know?”

He then told a story about how Graham spoke with him several years ago, begging Trump to put in a good word for him during The Donald’s own appearances on Fox News.

“And he gave me his number — and I found the card!” Trump said triumphantly. “I wrote the number down, I don’t know if it’s the right number. Let’s try it: 202-228-0292. I don’t know — it’s three or four years ago, so maybe it’s an old number. 202-228-0292. So, I don’t know, give it a shot — your local politician. You know, he won’t fix anything, but at least he’ll talk to you.”

The National Memo placed a call to that number. An automated system listed it as the voicemail of Lindsey Graham — and that the message box was full.

While telling that anecdote, Trump also mocked Graham for having asked him during this conversation for a campaign contribution. Columbia’s The State newspaper notes that during his 2014 re-election campaign, Graham did indeed receive a $2,600 donation from Trump.

Graham’s campaign reacted with the following statement:

Donald Trump continues to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be commander in chief.

The two people most excited about Donald Trump’s candidacy are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Because of Trump’s bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren’t talking about Obama’s horrible deal with Iran or Hillary Clinton’s plans to continue Obama’s failed national security agenda.

Graham himself also tweeted out an informal response:

And when he does, we’re thinking there’s someone Graham probably won’t be calling.

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  • old_blu

    Hey Trump!
    Hillary told me to tell you “Thank You”.

    • Independent1

      “And keep up the good work!!”

      • old_blu

        Trump has finally become true entertainment.
        Hello Independent my old friend, it’s good to see you, it’s been awhile.

        • Independent1

          Hi Old_blu. Yes, it’s good to read your humor again. It’s been a while since we’ve blogged together on the same thread. Hope all’s going well.

          • old_blu

            I am well, thank you.
            I’ve taken over the reins on a small automobile repair shop and thanks to a handful of great mechanics, Obama, his administration and policies, we are going gang busters.
            That’s why I’ve been so quiet.
            Thank You Obama.

          • TZToronto

            If you listen to the GOP and their mouthpieces, you’d think that the U.S. is going to hell in a handcart. Based on what they’ve been saying for six years, I’m surprised that there are any small businesses left. Congratulations on your success!

          • old_blu

            They are kind of full gloom and doom aren’t they?
            I think they would complain even if they are doing good, just because of their hate.
            Can’t have anything good happening during this administration you know?

          • TZToronto

            It’s like they decided to put the U.S. on hold for eight years. When you think about it, they decided to oppose anything good that they might have had a hand in just so they could say that President Obama was the cause of the disaster the U.S. would find itself in. Their plan backfired on them though. In spite of their obstructionism and their hatred of President Obama, the U.S. has moved along nicely without them, and that only makes them madder (both angrier and crazier).

          • old_blu

            Hahaha, you’re right about that, and then they get offended when we call them “crazies”. WTH.

          • Independent1

            Glad to hear things are going well for you. If Republicans would only be honest with themselves and the country, and admit America’s economy works much better when a Democrat is in the presidency. (The past 115 years of history have clearly proved that.)

    • FT66

      Hello, Hillary told you to say thank you to Trump? And is the mouth of Hillary been glued if at all she is involved in this game??? Can’t you find your way out of politics which you have no clue at all how to play the game? Gerrymandering is what you know best. It looks like. Nothing else.

    • Dominick Vila


  • 1standlastword

    Trump leads the polls because conservative voters are upset with the DO NOTHINGS they elected! The DO NOTHINGS don’t like Trump because he is blowing their cover and lampooning them for being the useless corporate whores they truly are!

    I personally appreciate Charlie Rose’s incredulity at Graham’s hyperbolic nonsense comments about us “becoming like Greece”.

    Graham admits his party has been undergoing self emulation with their Tea Party contingent, internecine civil war, including their addiction to spite of Obama and penchant for doing nothing: but, how does he see this resurgence he alludes to?? What has the GOP done to rise from the ashes that is a result of nearly 8-years of obstructing and fanning the flames of bigotry??

    No Lindsey Trump is not at the beginning of the end…YOU are at the beginning of YOUR end! So is McCain, so is Perry, so is Walker, and so is Bush. So take your millions and go find a nice retirement community to rest your tired bones

    • Independent1

      Nice assessment!!

    • Polana

      Right on. Yes he is exposing the do nothing, but I must admit he does speak a lot of truth about the GOP{ and how they buying their votes from the clueless minions. I always say VOTE on ISSUES important to you not parties.
      He doesn’t want to be President, he is showing that he doesn’t need anybody’s money to run and can’t be bought, and if it helps the Dem’s more power to him.
      He does says things that the Goofy Odd People think but too scared to speak .
      Lindsey is livid because it expose him and Trump spoke the truth.
      Truth hurts and GOP knows it.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    Once again,
    Trump acts like an emo 15 year old adolescent engaged in a FaceBook snit
    war, and his base cheers. This is just getting better with each and
    every passing day! To all you normal, sane, rational people out there
    leading normal, sane, rational existences . . . have a look at Duh
    Donnul. Have a look at his cheering base who thinks that he’s just a
    breath of fresh air. Take a good, long look at the kind of people who
    are his partisans. Look at their posts. Listen to how they talk. And
    then ask yourself if these are the kind of people you want to be running
    the government at some point in the future.

    Is THIS is how you
    want to see your government run? Is this the level of political
    discourse and campaigning you think we should have? If you’re a
    republican, is THIS what you are prepared to accept? Seriously – Donald
    Trump is the new face of the GOP. What does that have to say about YOU
    that you let a bloviating braggart like THIS hijack what was once (a
    long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) a proud and principled
    party which served the nation well and honorably? And seriously, can you possibly imagine this ill-tempered clown with access to nuclear launch codes? Viddy this and consider your response . . .

    If so, then
    you have my sympathies, my contempt, and my unalterable opposition. This
    nation deserves better than Donald Trump. The republican party, what
    remains of it, deserves more than a jumped up Benito Mussolini with a
    really bad combover and considerably less self control. Look at him and
    ask yourselves if THIS is what you want the future of your party to be.

    • Independent1

      Great post!! And just think, the really bad stuff for the GOP started on the road to where it is today (with respect to bloviating loud-mouths) with probably two key GOPers: one named Newt who like Duh Donnul is also a bloviating loud-mouth; and another guy named Rush who’s also a bloviating loudmouth!!! Is it any wonder the GOP base has become addicted to bloviating loud-mouths???

      • Max_

        Without Newt and Rush you coulda never of got NAFT or GATT through, you know those great trade agreements that have brought so much prosperity to these now so un-United States of America…
        PS; I don’t give a hoot about the Don he is just part of the show…

  • Dominick Vila

    I can’t help wondering how moderate Republicans feel about the damage being inflicted on their party by Donald Trump. From disparaging insults directed at an entire culture, to promises of destroying the natural resources of other countries and then sending EXXON to rebuild them, to infantile mud slinging, Donald has managed to transform the GOP into a 3-ring political circus, dominated by clowns. Absent from what currently passes for political pragmatism and a vision is legitimate debate of issues and concerns, not to mention potential solutions. Incredibly, a portion of the electorate, that seems more inclined to accept entertainment over objective discourse loves what they are hearing and enthusiastically support a man who, from a political perspective, would have a hard time finding a job as a janitor at the local GOP office if people stopped, reflected, and considered what this man is saying…and not saying.
    I must admit that, as a Democrat, I love what is happening. The most expensive and elaborate Democratic party strategy could not have achieved the damage done to the credibility of the Republican party by Donald Trump. Bring it on!

    • Independent1

      You don’t suppose the DNC is feeding Donald millions under the table to keep his diatribe going, do you???

      • FT66

        Mmmmh! Inde, really? How can that happen? A Dem feeding a Republican!!! Am astonished.

      • plc97477

        I doubt it, the DNC doesn’t even give money to legit democtrats.

        • Independent1

          But right now there are few Democrats with the ‘news appeal’ that The Donald has gotten who could even come close to swaying the 2016 election as much as Donald can.

      • Dominick Vila

        If they aren’t we all should. Donald is the best thing that could have happened to the Democratic party. He is a Godsend, and we should all encourage him to keep up the good work!

        • Independent1

          Yes, and the DNC should be trying to figure out how to feed The Donald more fodder for his bombastic campaign. He’s pointing out GOP failings that the Dems have failed to get out to so many Americans over the past 6 years.

  • FT66

    When it comes to Donald Trump, NO ONE IS ABOVE ATTACKS especially when you attack him first. I’m wondering why these GOP contenders haven’t figured this out.

  • CommonSense

    At least Donald Trump can’t be bought like the Republicrats. Keep making millions and bring up the subjects that politicians don’t want to talk about. hahahaha evil laugh evil laugh hahahahaha

  • lena.cabrale