Graham: Trump building a wall between GOP, Hispanics
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2016 hopeful Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamActing Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE said on Wednesday that GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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.