Senator Lindsey Graham faced loud boos at a rally for Trump over the holiday weekend, which was taking place just a few blocks from Graham’s own hometown. On Wednesday morning, “Morning Joe” almost felt sorry for her for the “beyond sad and depressing” moment — but not entirely.
The ruckus began even before Graham took the stage on Saturday and continued largely throughout his speech, except for a moment in which he asked Trump’s crowd if they thought Trump was “a great president.” Were”, to which Graham was the only cheer. When Trump himself took the stage, he did nothing to address those complaints, instead saying, “I’ll set them straight.”
“It’s almost hard to watch at this point,” host Willie Geist said Wednesday morning. “A man who forces himself to repeatedly insult and defend Donald Trump, and this is what he gets in return.”
On that, Geist turned to former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who has worked directly with Graham in the past, for her input, and she agreed with Geist’s claim that “disgrace sounds like an understatement,” But noted that this is an insult done by himself.
“If it wasn’t Lindsay’s own fault — it’s her fault, so I can’t feel sorry for her,” she said. “But he doesn’t appear to be ready, willing or able to fix this problem.”
That said, McCaskill offered some advice to the senator anyway.
“Lindsey, find yourself in this moment. Use it as a teaching moment,” she said. “You need to be Lindsey, not some embarrassing sycophant who has attached herself like a leech to this man’s side — I’d say, this man’s back — and that’s beyond sad and depressing.”
You can watch the full conversation from “Morning Joe” in the video above.