Lindsey Graham praises Jill Biden speech: 'Outstanding person'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump' House to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-S.C.), a fierce ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's, praised Jill BidenJill BidenWhite House posts visitor logs for first time since Obama Jill Biden surprises National Teacher of the Year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE’s speech about her husband, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE, Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, calling her an “outstanding person.”

“Tonight, Jill Biden did a very good job representing herself and Joe in the causes they believe in,” Graham wrote on Twitter.

“She’s an outstanding person who has led a consequential life.”


Jill Biden offered an intimate glimpse into her husband and family as the former vice president was officially nominated as the party's presidential nominee, setting him up to go head-to-head with Trump in November. 

The Bidens were previously close, personal friends with Graham and others across the aisle.


Graham in 2015 said in an interview with HuffPost that if you “can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, you’ve got a problem.”

“He’s said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me. He’s the nicest person I think I’ve ever met in politics,” Graham added at the time.

However, the relationship soured as Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has called for investigations into matters related to Biden’s son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine.

"Well, you know, Lindsey — I don't know what happened to Lindsey. And we used to be great friends and friends with John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE," Jill Biden said in February, referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona. "I mean, we traveled together with the Foreign Relations Committee. We've had dinner, you know, and now he's changed."

When asked if she still considers Graham a friend, Biden responded: "You know, it's hard when you, I don't know, consider somebody a friend and then they've said so many things, so many negative things. And it's — that's been a little hurtful."


Joe Biden has echoed a similar sentiment, saying he doesn’t "know what happened” to Graham. 

“I am disappointed, and quite frankly I'm angered, by the fact — he knows me; he knows my son; he knows there's nothing to this,” he told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonOfficer who responded to Capitol mob urges leaders to recognize 'courage' of law enforcement CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime CNN's Don Lemon blows up over Santorum remarks MORE last November. 

Trump was impeached by the House late last year, accused of withholding millions of dollars in security aid for Ukraine for the sole purpose of coercing the country’s leaders to find dirt on the Bidens. He was later acquitted in February by the GOP-controlled Senate.