Ex-Michelin North America chairman Richard Wilkerson, who was once a prominent supporter of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), published an op-ed in the Greenville News over the weekend to explain why he no longer supports the Republican senator. He also vowed to vote for his opponent for the U.S. Senate.
“I supported Lindsey Graham until 2017,” Wilkerson wrote. “I saw him as a moderate Republican who could work across the aisle to get positive change made. But I started having real misgivings about him when he failed to mount any significant defense when Donald Trump attacked his best friend, the late 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 asked himself. The only conclusion he could come to was that Graham was more interested in “currying favor than in honoring the memory of a true American hero whom he had described as his best friend.”
According to Wilkerson, “Graham was a leader of this divisiveness,” between the two major political parties in America.
“Graham used to be criticized by more conservative people in the Republican Party for being a RINO (Republican in Name Only),” Wilkerson added. “They felt that his moderate stance on issues until 2017 was inappropriate. He is no longer that person, and that is why I decided two years ago to end my support. I wrote to him and let him know that I no longer recognized him as the man I once supported.”
You can read his entire op-ed HERE.