Graham made the remarks in a “conversation” with his political rival, former president of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Jaime Harrison, who was the first African American to play the role.
He commented in terms of political career, and said that Harrison would lose because he is a Democrat, not because he is black.
“Do I believe our police are systematically racist? Do I believe that South Carolina is a racist state? No. I tell you why. Young people there, young people of color, young immigrants, It is a great state, but one thing I can say without any doubt, you can be an African American and go to the Senate but you have to share our values. ”
He said: “If you are a young, African American or immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just have to be conservative, not liberal”.
The comment was in response to a question about civil unrest, and as America does with its long history of racism and ongoing police brutality, including the national uprising following the assassination of Black man George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer Is included.
South Carolina was a Confederate state during the Civil War, and racism was promoted during the Jim Crow era, enforcing the second-tier status of African Americans.
Graham, a longtime senator, has been paired with Harrison in highly competitive races.
The conversation was originally planned as a debate, but was changed at the last moment as Graham refused to take the Kovid-19 test despite a major outbreak in the Trump White House, which left Graham’s Republican Has infected two Senate colleagues.
This speculation and Graham’s comment – which sparked a deluge of online fury – Democratic Congressman Eric Swavel To tweet: “Is fever talking, or steroids?”
Charlie Sykes, Editor The Bulwark, was More blunt, Saying: “Lindsay, 1954 wants her point back.”