Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report State Department spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers fret over wild week of deadlines MORE (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE is doing so well in the polls because nearly half of Republican primary voters think President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim.
“Well there’s about 40 percent of the Republican primary voter who believes that Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim,” Graham told Boston Herald Radio on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News.
“There’s just a dislike for President Obama that is visceral. It’s almost irrational,” Graham added.
Graham said Trump will not get 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency if he doesn’t grow support with the Hispanic community.
“He can’t grow this party,” Graham said. “He represents a level of intolerance and … cartoon policy that won’t sell.”
The South Carolina senator promised “Hillary Clinton will clean [Trump’s] clock” and Republicans will lose “badly” if the party nominates Trump.