Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has made headlines for his controversial comments on topics like veterans and prisoners of war, but on Tuesday, he spoke to Lowcountry voters. Lines of people formed hours before the event was set to begin. There were two auditoriums in the Sun City community filled with residents eager to hear Trump speak, as he took shots at the South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
The full auditoriums cheered for Trump as he entered the room, and applauded his speech. There was laughter as he criticized the President, and other politicians like Graham.
“I was coming up, and I see your Senator. What a stiff…what a stiff…Lindsey Graham. By the way, he’s registered zero in the polls, zero. He’s on television all the time,” Trump said.
He called Graham, who is also running for President, an “idiot,” “lightweight,” and said he could not get a job in the private sector. This comes after Graham called Trump a “jackass” for saying prisoners of war are not true American heroes.
“…That he’s a jackass, that he’s bringing his name down and he’s not helping the process, and he shouldn’t be Commander in Chief. If you want to be Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, you need to understand that John McCain and not just John McCain, all like him, are true American heroes,” Graham said in an interview.
In reaction to this, Trump gave Graham’s phone number, saying he had contributed to Graham’s Senate race in the past.
“He said, ‘Could you mention my name?’ I said, ‘Yes, I’ll mention,’ and he gave me his number. I found the card. I wrote the number down. I don’t know if it’s the right number, 202…” Trump told the audience.
Despite the insults, the audience seemed to support Trump.
“If he doesn’t make it for President, then there’s something wrong somewhere, because he just told everything just like it was and should be,” Gail Rogers said.
“One thing I do like about the man, win, lose or draw, he says something, he sticks by it, he’s not going to back down, and I think we need that kind of backbone leading our country right now,” Roger Weaver said.