Harry Reid rips Lindsey Graham over Trump: 'He went to the dark side' after McCain died

Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary Infighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Lobbying world MORE said he hopes Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema GOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.) loses his Senate race against Jaime Harrison (D) on Tuesday, with the former Democratic Senate majority leader alleging Graham "went to the dark side" after his close friend and colleague Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly Arizona Democrats launch voter outreach effort ahead of key Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) died in 2018.

The attack from Reid, who retired in 2017, comes as Graham faces a tight contest against Harrison, with the two most recent polls released before Election Day in the Palmetto State showing Graham with just a 3-point and 6-point lead, respectively. In 2014, Graham won by almost 15 points.

"It’s very hard for me to say this because Lindsey and I have worked together on stuff. And when John McCain died, he just went to the dark side," Reid told MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin. "He was happier playing golf with Donald Trump."


"I hope that Lindsey loses. That’s difficult for me to say, but I sure hope he loses," Reid, 80, added.

Graham has repeatedly cited Reid for invoking the so-called "nuclear option" in 2013 when Senate rules were changed to allow Circuit Court nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60 votes.


Republicans voted in 2017 to reduce the threshold for Supreme Court nominees as well, allowing the GOP-led chamber to approve President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's picks for the high court with a simple majority.