Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared at an endorsement event in Greenville, South Carolina, on Wednesday where he talked about more minorities being involved in the police force. One reporter quickly noted that the law enforcement standing behind Graham didn’t particularly look diverse.
“You mentioned that we should see more minority police,” the reporter recalled. “When was the last time you visited one of those [minority] neighborhoods in this area? And also, just looking at the landscape behind you, there’s not minority sheriff’s officers or people standing behind you. What does that say?”
“I would say that African-American cops are with me,” Graham chuckled in response, before asking if there were any members of the Fraternal Order of Police who are Black.
“I think the hardest job in America right now is being an African-American cop,” he continued. “I go to communities all over. I was in downtown Spartanburg looking at housing developments. I go all over the state, wherever we have a crisis, I am there.”
Graham then blamed that country’s cultural climate as the reason for there not being as many Black police officers.
“It was the white National Guard members that said to me, ‘You have no idea what crap these people — Black brothers and sisters in uniform take a lot a grief, they’re called traitors.’”
“Not in South Carolina,” the senator insisted. “If you’re a young African-American thinking about a career in law enforcement, all of us respect you.”
To make his point, Graham referenced the elections of former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
“Here’s what I can say to your question,” he told the reporter. “In South Carolina, it is not about the color of your skin or your family’s origin. It is about you and your ideas. And the reason I’m going to win is because my ideas and my record are a much better fit for South Carolina.”
Take a look at the video clip below: