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#Nevertrump Falling Apart. Some on way to #TrumpTrain.

In these videos, even Lindsey Graham, who once compared the choice of Donald Trump (and Ted Cruz) to picking between getting poisoned or shot in the head — migrating toward the idea of Donald Trump….

Trump: A Political Redemption and Reality Check.

Donald Trump has given people permission to actually say what they think. At first, when most of us meet someone who is uncommonly candid and highly combative, such as Trump, we tend to reject that person.

Trump’s political journey of the last eleven months been the sort of uprising we’ll likely never see again in our lifetime. For about a third of the country, Donald Trump was saying exactly what they were thinking and had been afraid to say. For many his style was very offensive. For others, what he was saying was both shocking and troubling.

Trump has been unwilling to change who he is to fit the political narrative or to capitulate to political operatives. The political establishment rarely faces a candidate unwilling to fall in line. Therefore, Trump has been an existential threat to their political existence. Much of the visceral behavior involved in the Republican primary has been the battle between the political insurgents, the voters and the establishment. Unfortunately, much of it was conflated onto Trump as a person.

As we unpack the last eleven months, we are beginning to see something I have been writing and speaking about on the radio since the moment Trump entered the race. Authentic people who act with resolve, confidence and an open-mind almost always win. After a very tough primary, Trump has shown an amazing humility to reach out to people who have recently been his arch rivals: Sen. Lindsey Graham, Speaker of the House – Paul Ryan, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sen. Leader Mitch McConnell, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson and many more.

One-by-one, Donald Trump has been re-uniting the Republican Party. For those that say Donald Trump is a narcissist, they clearly miss the fact that he’s now the one acting with the greatest of humility in victory. It takes quite a set of leadership skills to be able to reach out to someone like Lindsey Graham. Graham has stated that choosing Donald Trump for president would be like choosing between getting shot in the head and drinking poison. He went on to say “I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.”

Friday, on CNN, Lindsey Graham amended his comments: “Well, my criticism has been wide and it’s been deep, but we did have a good conversation [Trump and I]. He asked good questions and I think he’s reconsidering a little bit about what to do in Syria. I don’t know if Hillary Clinton — what will Hillary Clinton do different than President Obama? President Obama has no strategy to destroy ISIL….It is uncomfortable to say that somebody is not qualified [Trump] who beat you. So the bottom line is the American people need to choose wisely. What will Hillary Clinton do different than Barack Obama?”

While this is still far from an endorsement, it’s even further away from the negative comments Graham less than a month ago. My criticism of Lindsey Graham has been extensive having lived in South Carolina for 17 years. I’ve never been a fan. However, the evolution of Graham’s commentary as a result of a phone call between he and Trump is extraordinary. In fact, it shows the kind of acumen, intelligence and persuasive ability I’ve been writing about since the beginning. I applaud both Graham and Trump for these efforts to make amends.
There is a lot of angst and anger in this country. For many, Trump has either been the voice for that anger or the fuel. Either way, his campaign has represented a cleansing of pent-up emotional resentments. Unpopular commentary that is deeply felt in the hearts and minds of Americans has now been expressed openly for months as part of the political debate. It’s as if we’ve all gone to confession and, for once, we have all been heard. Harsh debate can lead to lasting unity by purging resentments.

A shocking number of #nevertrump people in the Republican Party are coalescing around Donald Trump. While the Democrats are in turmoil with state leaders receiving dozens of death threats and Bernie Sanders not backing down, Republicans are beginning to unify around Trump. The national polls now showing Trump leading against Hillary Clinton and winning in Ohio.

Even the far-left liberal-media are making statements that are jaw-dropping. On Friday, Chris Matthews said this shortly after the National Rifle Associations’ endorsement of Donald Trump: “I think this is a cowboy country in spirit, self-reliance, drive your own car, people don’t like mass transportation. Drive around in their own car with their wife or husband or girlfriend and like to be on the road and that self-reliance of that gun. I don’t have that instinct. I know it’s out there and very much a part of our history . It just is. It’s in the constitution and in our history. We are uniquely pro-gun as a country, not like the Japanese or Chinese or English or French or the Germans. This country is unique! Today, we will see Donald Trump point to that.” Hearing those words on MSNBC (especially from Matthews) is an example of the effect Donald Trump is having on our political conversation. The light of reality is at least shining again.

Republicans have a long journey to November and face a Clinton-machine willing to do anything criminal, immoral or unethical to win. This presents a dangerous lack of moral compass for our nation.

This election is not about the Republican or Democrat party to the American people. It’s about mopping up the bloodbath that has been created by the political establishment in both parties. The silent majority has sat quietly while political fools have destroyed our nation. Trump has simply brought us a tremendous reality check. He also brought us political redemption.

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Lindsey Graham’s 5 Stages of Primary Grief Over Ted Cruz.

How do you go from hating Ted Cruz to being his sidekick in just under 2 months?
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Some Republicans have already violated the wishes of voters….

David Bozell of ForAmerica.org joins us Bryan to explain what the Cromnibus spending bill means for us. Why did some Seantors, including Lindsey Graham give Obama a blank check on Amnesty and Obamacare after such a strong directive from American voters on 11/4/2014. The reason may surprise you!

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He’s taken a lot of crap! “All I’ve ever done is try to solve problems,” says Lindsey Graham to packed house of business owners.

“All I’ve ever done is try to solve problems,” says Lindsey Graham at the Business Owners luncheon at Hall’s Chophouse. A packed house, including some of Charleston most successful business owners, listened to Lindsey Graham discuss the challenges facing our Country.

“I believe in America.” “[We may be messed up], but we’re less messed up than the rest of the World,” says Graham to chuckles in the audience. But, “I have never been more worried than I am right now of another attack on our Country.” He addressed our failure to contain ISIS in Iraq stating that they have just four goals: “ Bend every Muslim to their will, faith on their terms, Destroy Israel and Kill Christians.” He begged our leaders not to make the same mistake in withdrawing from Afghanistan as we did in Iraq


He told the crowd that he has to work with Democrats because they have ports too. And, we need to make sure we get the funding that’s been raped from our port. I agree with this sentiment. Graham added, “If we don’t keep our port afloat, it would shut us down,” in South Carolina.

As to immigration, Graham says, “I’m willing to give illegal immigrants a second chance, but our way, not yours,” meaning that first we must secure the border, force business to hire only legal workers (and if they hire illegals, we take their businesses). “Criminals, gang members, felons, have to go,” he says. And, you “have to learn English….If you don’t speak English you have no chance in America.”

Specifically to Charleston, Graham said, “Charleston people have made Boeing successful beyond its wildest dreams.” That’ why they are building all of the extended version 787’s here. That’s a testament to the people of Charleston. It’s a “game changer….Charleston is a great brand.”

And, most importantly he talked about the future. He stated, “I fear our country is going to lose the ability for your children to do better than you’ve done.” The theme of his speech could be best summarized by its beginning. He said, “People respond to incentives.” We are incentivizing bad behavior, entitlement, illegal immigration and allowing the World to build unrest. He added, that its unrealistic to think we are ever going to build consensus and deport all these people. I agree with him. Graham stated, “There will always be democrats” that we have to negotiate with or we get nothing done.

One guest at the meeting privately responded to my sentiments (that this was a great message) by saying, “that’s what he’s been saying for a long time.” People just aren’t hearing it.

From the purview of Charleston, I know this: Lindsey Graham has been instrumental in fighting for our bases, our Veterans, our Port and our Boeing. I’ve disagreed with Graham on several issues, but if he can help Charleston win on those four issues, the alternatives to our Senior Senator are far more disturbing.

Senator Graham lost me on immigration a year ago, but today reminded me that there are many important things to our region which he has handled brilliantly. And. perhaps, I’ve been like many others too quick to pick a fight over immigration instead of find something better than what we have now. I’m willing to listen; are you?

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Big Races: Election Guide June 10, 2014 in South Carolina Primary

Sen. Lindsey Graham = 6 CHALLENGERS: Columbia pastor Det Bowers; Spartanburg state Sen. Lee Bright; Upstate businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor; Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn; and Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace. On the Democratic side, Orangeburg state Sen. Brad Hutto faces Jay Stamper of Columbia.
Republican, Tim Scott faces a primary challenge from Upstate resident Randall Young. Democratic field consists of Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, Rock Hill resident Sidney Moore and Harry Pavilack of Myrtle Beach.
Four candidates for Lt. Governor; the winner will face Democrat Bakari Sellers this fall. Glenn McConnell is resigning to become president of the College of Charleston.
The Republican candidates are: Mike Campbell, son of former Gov. Carroll Campbell; Charleston businessman Pat McKinney; former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster; and Ray Moore of Columbia.
There are several to choose from in the Superintendent of Education Race:  The Republicans include: Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly, and Molly Spearman.
Democrats for superintendent include: Montrio Belton, Sheila Gallagher, Jerry Govan, and Tom Thompson.

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How do I pick a candidate for U.S. Senate if not Lindsey Graham?

Bryan runs down the three candidates with the best shot of winning the race….well Graham will win but will he get more than 50%? Which candidate has the best shot at being in the runoff, if there is one? Bryan breaks it down and makes your decision easy….well sort of easy!