Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a forum Friday night that people of color “can go anywhere in this state,” as long as they are “conservative, not liberal.”
During the forum, one of the moderators asked Graham to discuss the civil unrest brought on by the police killing of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. He said that he did not believe police forces are inherently racist, adding that he did not believe the Palmetto State was inherently racist.
"Let me tell you why," began the senator. "The one thing I can say without any doubt, you can be an African American and go to the Senate, you just have to share the values of our state."
The senator pointed to fellow Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) — the only Black Republican senator — and the state's former Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who is of Indian descent, as examples of people of color who have been successful because of their “values.”
“I care about everybody, if you’re a young African American or an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this country,” Graham said. “You just need to be conservative, not liberal.”