Graham: Trump building a wall between GOP, Hispanics
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2016 hopeful Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUN biodiversity chief calls for international ban of 'wet markets' Graham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court MORE said on Wednesday that GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE is constructing a divide between Republicans and the Hispanic community.

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“I think the wall Donald Trump is building is between us and Hispanics,” he told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The South Carolina senator argued that Trump’s immigration rhetoric is inspiring an increasingly absurd Republican primary this election cycle.

“A lot of our guys are taking the bait,” Graham said of the GOP’s presidential field next year. “Another 9/11 is coming and we are talking about a lot of silly things.”

Graham cited Trump’s claim that he would force Mexico into building a wall on America’s southern border as proof he is not serious about the issue of immigration.

“Over time, we will realize that the next president needs to straighten out a world that is falling about,” Graham said.

“Pay attention to the guy on national security,” he added of Trump. “He makes no sense.”

Graham additionally took aim at retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, another one of his rivals in the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination.

“If he had convinced me, I wouldn’t be here,” he said of Carson.

“He’s a nice person in an industry where most people are jerks,” Graham added of Carson’s surge in multiple national polls.