Lindsey Graham snapped at an audience member while claiming those who support family values should also back the U.S. sending billions of aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia.
A man in the audience at the Palmetto Family Matters Conservative Forum in Charleston, South Carolina told Senator Graham that he is ‘not a real conservative’ and accused him of being a ‘warmonger’ during two separate outbursts.
The combative senator refused to let the attendee at the early presidential forum in his home state overshadow his wide-ranging discussion where he defended supporting Ukraine despite other Republicans calling for the ‘blank check’ to be rescinded.
‘That was one guy,’ Graham told DailyMail.com after his remarks, clearly unbothered by the clash.
‘I think the guy’s a nut,’ he added. ‘I thought most people agreed with what I said.’
Graham was prompted by the MC and moderator at the forum to speak on the hot topic of the GOP’s wavering support for sending financial and arms assistance to Ukraine.
‘Do you believe in family values? How would you like that to happen to your family?’ he added to the crowd of a few hundred gathered in the Charleston Area Convention Center.
‘It is!’ an audience member yelled toward the stage where Graham was seated.
‘Just shut up. Get out of here!’ Graham said back, clearly frustrated following a few outbursts from the same individual.
‘If you want to speak, go run and get elected. So here’s the deal, if Putin –’ he continued, before being cut off again.
‘You’re not a real conservative!’ the obstinate audience member shouted.
‘I am really conservative. If you believe in family, stand up for families everywhere, right? Don’t you think God made us all in his image. If Putin gets away with this, there goes Taiwan.’
‘What did Putin get accused of yesterday? The international criminal court issued an arrest warrant for the President of Russia for kidnapping children in Ukraine and sending them to Russia,’ the senator said.
Graham is the only non-first term senator who so far has backed former President Donald Trump’s third bid for the White House.
He stood beside Trump during his visit to the state’s capital city of Columbia earlier this year in his first major public campaign swing through the early primary contest states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Trump did not attend the forum on Saturday despite being invited.
When Graham was announced to the stage on Saturday, the attendee who obviously has a bone-to-pick with the senator yelled out: ‘You’re a warmonger.’
‘Warmonger? You’re at the wrong meeting,’ Graham chuckled, but quickly moved on.
Graham was just the second speaker on Saturday – following remarks from Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana.
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