I’ve always been a fan of the hilarious Billy Eichner. He’s filling in for Jimmy Kimmel this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I also love how politically active Eichner is and I was very happy to see him have U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC) as his guest. It was a great show because not only did it give Harrison a chance to build up his name recognition in his battle to unseat U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, it was also the perfect opportunity for Eichner to hilariously call out Graham:
Eichner congratulated Harrison on raising a “staggering” $13.9 million in the second quarter, but also acknowledged that South Carolina hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1998. “What made you say: I’m the guy to do it, I’m the guy who can beat Lindsey Graham?” he asked.
Harrison explained that when he first told people he was going to run, they said, “You can’t win against a guy who's been there for 25 years, a guy who flies around on Air Force One and golfs with the president of the United States.” But in “every step” of his life, he said people have been telling him he can’t do things and he keeps proving them wrong.
“We’re going to beat him,” Harrison added. “We’re going to close the chapter on what I call the Old South, which Lindsey is a relic of, and we’re going to start our own new chapter, a New South, that’s bold, inclusive and diverse.”
Noting that Graham was one of Trump’s fiercest Republicans critics before becoming his best friend, Eichner brought up an explanation that the senator gave to The New York Times last year. “He literally said it’s because I like to stay ‘relevant.’ He used that word,” Eichner said.
“And I thought, relevant? That’s not something a politician describes themselves as being. Relevant is what a pop star worries about. Relevant is what Meghan Trainor worries about or Kylie Jenner. That’s not something that a politician should be thinking about, you know what I mean?”
“It’s a sad statement,” Harrison agreed. “Because relevance for me is making sure that all the kids that grew up the way that I did, poor and having all these barriers in front of them, can live the American Dream.”
There’s clearly momentum in South Carolina for Harrison’s campaign and we need to keep it going. Click here to donate and get involved with Harrison’s campaign.