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Prominent GOP Donor Ditches Lindsey Graham, Backs Democratic Opponent

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In the months leading up to the 2016 election, Sen. Lindsey Graham made news for his public attacks on Donald Trump. But after Trump’s surprise victory, Graham changed his tune in a dramatic way, showing that integrity in Washington, D.C. is easily bought. But one big-time donor, Richard Wilkerson —a former member of Graham’s presidential campaign finance team— is fed up with the spineless South Carolina Republican.

Wilkerson, the former chairman and president of Michelin’s Greenville, South Carolina-based North America operations, has had enough of Sen. Graham’s lack of integrity, telling local news outlets that he was going to support Graham’s challenger, Jaime Harrison, for South Carolina’s Senate.

On Monday, Wilkerson elaborated on his change of allegiance, penning a scathing op-ed in the Greenville News that really laid bare how low his opinion of Sen. Graham has fallen.

Wilkerson explained that while he does not normally make a habit of discussing his political opinions publicly, the reaction to the news that he was supporting Harrison over Graham made him feel he needed to explain. Citing the various reactions to his support of Harrison—which ranged from positive to classic conservative misdirection attempts at boycotting Michelin tires—he said, “I suppose this person did not know that I retired eight years ago, but seems to want to punish the outstanding working people at the company I love.”

Wilkerson wrote that his decision was a heartfelt one and something he had been dealing with since Trump took office. Specifically, Wilkerson began to wonder about Sen. Graham in relation to Donald Trump’s continuous attacks on then Sen. John McCain.

“What is the character of a man who will not defend his best friend? If he won’t defend John McCain, why would I expect him to defend any of us in South Carolina?” Wilkerson said.

He also highlighted Sen. Graham’s retreat into divisive politics, his support of the tax scam for the richest among us, and his most recent attacks on public safety: viciously fighting against a federal extension that would expand unemployment benefits to the growing tens of millions of Americans out of work due to the Republican mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilkerson writes that he ended his support of Graham a couple of years ago, and wrote to the Senator telling him that “I no longer recognized him as the man I once supported.”

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Lawmakers Discussing Possibility That Trump Won’t Accept Election Loss: ‘He’s Already Set The Stage To Say It’s Rigged’

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Donald Trump has been ramping up attacks against election integrity as the 2020 presidential election approaches – which raises the question: Will Trump accept an election loss when the time comes?

According to Politico, a group of former and current lawmakers have been discussing the possibility that Trump will not accept an election loss.

“He is planting the seeds for delegitimizing the election if he loses,” said Vanita Gupta, a former head of Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama. “It’s from the playbook. It’ll get more intense as he gets more freaked out.”

“He’s already set the stage to say it’s rigged,” said Pete Giangreco, a veteran Democratic strategist. “This is part of the Trump autocrat playbook … There’s no way this guy’s going to win the popular vote, and it’s at least 50-50 he’s going to lose the Electoral College. So, he’s got to come up with something else.”

“It’s one of those things that I think has a very low probability, but a very high risk,” said David Skaggs, a former Democratic congressman who has discussed the scenario with other past and present representatives. “So even though I don’t think it’s likely to eventuate into some kind of intervention at the state level by the president … there’s still some chance of that, and therefore it’s wise to take it seriously.”

Skaggs remains confident that enough honorable officials remain in government to uphold their oaths, but he’s concerned about pro-Trump forces outside the government.

“[There is a] militia movement out there in the country that would probably rise to arms if the president said they should,” Skaggs said, “and that would be awful.”

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