Lindsey Graham Fires Back at Opponent, Says ‘Good Old Days of Segregation’ Reference Was ‘Dripping Sarcasm’

While trying to make a point today during his questioning of Judge Barrett at the Senate Judiciary hearing, Chairman Lindsey Graham referred to the “good old days of segregation” a comment that he has defended as “dripping sarcasm.”

His opponent in the November election, Democrat Jamie Harrison, was quick to pounce, tweeting out “Lindsey Graham just called segregation “the good old days.” The good old days for who, Senator? It’s 2020, not 1920. Act like it.”

Harrison added, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them. Lindsey Graham just reminisced on ‘the good old days of segregation.’ Listen to him. And then chip in to #SendLindseyHome.”

Graham asked Barrett, “And one of the reasons you can say with confidence you think Brown v. Board Education is super precedent is that you’re not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?” Barrett responded, “That is correct.”

“The point that I’m trying to make is there is nobody in America in the legislative arena, wanting to take us back to that dark period in American history. And for my opponent to suggest that says far more about him than me,” Graham explained.

The three term Senator also could be in some trouble for a clip showing him asking for help in his campaign while being interviewed inside what appears to be a federal building.

Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesperson said of that controversy, “Senator Graham was responding to reporters’ questions about his campaign and fundraising. Confident any reasonable person can see that any violation – if one even occurred – was unintentional and does not represent a pattern of behavior.”