Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) late Wednesday sought to explain his reluctant support of former rival Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Advocates see pilot program to address inequalities from highways as crucial first step Ted Cruz ribs Newsom over vacation in Mexico: 'Cancun is much nicer than Cabo' MORE (R-Texas) in the Republican presidential race over controversial front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE.
"I don't dislike Ted. Ted and I have a lot of differences," Graham started during an appearance on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," dryly quipping of his own explanation, "I'm getting better at this."
"He was my 15th choice. What can I say?" Graham cracked up.
"One, he's not completely crazy," Graham continued of Cruz, comparing him to Trump.
When the host pointed out that the senator was suggesting Cruz was "partially crazy," Graham responded, "That works in Washington. You've got Bernie."
Graham, who has been a vocal opponent of Cruz, has come out in support of the Texas senator given his more outspoken opposition to Trump.
Graham hosted a fundraiser for Cruz earlier this week, after which Cruz joked that God "can still do miracles.” Establishment GOP figures such as Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush have also recently backed Cruz, an anti-establishment crusader, over Trump.
Illustrating his disapproval of Trump during his "Daily Show" appearance, Graham joked that the billionaire real estate tycoon would have a problem with the South African comedian.
"Are you a citizen?" Graham asked Noah at one point in the show.
"I'm not, why?" Noah asked.
"Do you have a green card?" Graham continued.
"I do not."
"If I were you, I'd be in a hurry," Graham said, sparking laughter from Noah. "If Trump wins, your days are numbered, pal. Young, black, liberal guy from Africa is not going to work with him."