When asked whether Perry was being bullied, Graham said there was “an intimidation factor” involved.

“You better believe it,” said Graham in response to the question. “You know, if you’re a Southern white guy, this is part of your life.”

News reports from earlier in the week said Perrys family continued to use the West Texas hunting ranch for several years when “N-----head” could still be seen on the painted rock. Perrys campaign has said the word was painted over in 1984, but news reports note that others disagree with that account.