Jaime Harrison is in it to win it, and the South Carolina Democrat is not holding back on shining a light on the inadequacies of his Republican opponent. On Monday Harrison, who is looking to unseat Lindsey Graham in the United States Senate, capitalized on National Best Friends Day, taking to Twitter to mock the three-term incumbent who has, in recent years, done a complete 180 on his stance toward new BFF Donald Trump.
“Thinking about @LindseyGrahamSC on #NationalBestFriendsDay… Must be hard when your BFF doesn’t feel the same way,” Harrison wrote in a post accompanied by a video of Trump speaking unfavorably about Graham. In the clip, Trump says that Graham is “one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever seen.” He also goes on to say, “He went crazy. The guy is a nut job. I think Lindsey Graham is a disgrace and I think you have one of the worst representatives of any representative in the United States. I don’t think he could run for dog catcher in this state and win again. I really don’t.”
Harrison’s ad then splices in a comment from Graham where the longtime politician says of Trump, “I like the President. He’s been a friend to me.”
Jaime Harrison is confident that South Carolina is ready to end the Lindsey Graham era by electing a young, black Democrat to Congress.
“At the end of the day, I do believe we are starting to see the emergence of what I call the 'New South,'” the 44-year-old Senate candidate told Newsweek in a phone interview. “This New South is bold, it's inclusive and it's diverse.”
In Harrison's mind, this includes “new visionary leadership” starkly different from previous tenants of the seat—one that was held by segregationist Strom Thurmond for more than four decades and hasn't gone Democrat since the 1950s. In fact, the state hasn't elected a Democrat in any statewide election in 14 years.
But Harrison is buoyed by recent success from Democrats in red states—Andy Beshear in Kentucky and Joe Cunningham in South Carolina—and he won early support from prominent party leaders, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He's since racked up endorsements from other big names such as former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Fair Fight Action founder Stacey Abrams and Representative James Clyburn.
“Jaime is grounded solidly in the soil of South Carolina,” Representative James Clyburn told Newsweek. “He has the kind of life experiences that allow him to really connect with ordinary people in an extraordinary way, and he is guided by those experiences. His service in the United States Senate will make all South Carolinians proud.”
Harrison even has Graham supporters flocking to his cause. According to The State, two dozen former financiers of Graham have jumped ship to back Harrison. The Democrat outraised Graham by more than $1 million in the first three months of 2020, joining a swath of challengers in key Senate races who have hauled in more cash than Republican incumbents so far this year.
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