Richard Wilkerson, a longtime, major donor to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), stopped backing Graham in 2017. Wilkerson has now changed sides to support Graham’s Democratic challenger.
Graham is one of the many elected Republicans who has twisted himself into a pretzel to defend Donald Trump, or to defend their own silence about this president’s bad behavior. According to Wilkerson, Graham’s previous vocal “criticism of the behavior of the president morphed into blind defense.” Finally, Graham’s failure to defend his own best friend, war hero John McCain, against Trump’s repeated attacks was just too much for Wilkerson to bear.
“I asked myself, ‘What is the character of a man who will not defend his best friend?” Wilkerson wrote in an opinion piece to the Greenville (SC) News.