When most individuals learn that nobody likes them, their first response is to ask why. Then maybe they engage in some thoughtful self-reflection to determine what they can do to make people dislike them less. That’s called personal growth.
Unless you’re Sen. Lindsey Graham.
When the antigay senator from South Carolina learned nobody likes him, he went on Fox News to complain about it.
Graham appeared on Fox & Friends this morning, where he whined about how he’s “being killed” by his Democratic opponent Jamie Harrison because people “hate my guts.”
“My opponent will raise $100 million in the state of South Carolina,” Graham said. “The most money ever spent in the history of the state on a Senate race in this state was by me in 2014 when I spent $13 million.”
“I’m being killed financially,” he continued. “This money is because they hate my guts.”
At least Graham is aware people really, really, really don’t like him. Whether that inspires him to change his behavior is another question.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on FOX just now: "My opponent will raise $100 million … I'm being killed financially. This money is 'cuz hate my guts." pic.twitter.com/hqMIqpdUoe
— The Recount (@therecount) September 24, 2020
Earlier this week, Graham made similar claims when he told Fox News, “I’m getting outraised 3 to 1, outspent 4 to 1.”
But The Hill reports that Graham’s statement–about fundraising, not about everybody hating him–doesn’t appear to be factually accurate. At least, not according to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings.
In June, reports showed Harrison had raised just over $28 million, compared to Graham’s $29 million. Graham also held a cash advantage over Harrison, with $15 million in reserves compared to Harrison’s $10.2 million.
Sooooo either Harrison has raised close to $72 million since then, which would be absolutely astonishing, or Graham is lying to Fox News viewers in hopes that they’ll blindly open their coffers to him.
Which do you think is the more likely scenario?
The latest polls find Graham and Harrison running neck and neck, with Graham leading by just one point, which is well within the margin of error.