Senator Lindsey Graham roasted the Republican presidential candidates at a Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner on Thursday, but not all of his jokes went over well.
The South Carolina senator, who led his own unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination, said his “party has gone bat**** crazy.”
Graham mocked former rival Marco Rubio, whom he called “the boy wonder,” and added, “I’m not saying he would change his positions, but he would change his positions. The Secret Service’s main job if he’s president is to keep him hydrated.”
Ben Carson was not safe from Graham’s jabs either.
Graham: Ben Carson is the nice guy in the race, and he tried to kill his cousin. #wpcfdinner
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 26, 2016
But the most controversial comment was aimed at Sen. Ted Cruz. “If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you,” he said, referring to the Texas senator’s lack of popularity among his colleagues.
Watch Graham’s remarks via NBC video.
The “joke” was summarily slammed on social media.
— JLynn (@Jeremy_Lynn) February 26, 2016
But people blame Cruz for dividing the party… disgusting https://t.co/DwnrHE0CY4
— Cam Harris (@camharris_us) February 26, 2016
oh my god this is a real quote https://t.co/dic41yd1I2
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 26, 2016
— deb4liberty (@deb4liberty) February 26, 2016
@frankthorpNBC Lindsay Grahamnesty jumps the shark. Pathetic attempt to remain relevant, just join the other party already.
— Eric Olson (@windysquirrels) February 26, 2016
@frankthorpNBC really? How about some decorum or graciousness? Or just some manners?
— Rachel Puckett (@RachelPuckett_) February 26, 2016
— Carole (@Grace101962) February 26, 2016
Seriously? The guy has two little kids. What a foolish thing to say. https://t.co/cqdUPMjtYX
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) February 26, 2016
What an utterly disgraceful thing to say.https://t.co/jfu5H79E7r
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) February 26, 2016
— Sandy Pierce (@SandyPierce) February 26, 2016
Graham hates anyone who stands against amnesty. https://t.co/czi4CsQxxS
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 26, 2016
— Alex Jeffries (@codemonkey1972) February 26, 2016
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