Senator Lindsey Graham, a vulnerable Trump ally from South Carolina, suggested on Sunday that any young woman in America can ‘succeed’ – if she opposes abortion, supports religion and adopts a ‘traditional family structure’ .
Mr Graham’s remark came three weeks after making comments seen as an attempt to dictate the political rules of engagement on racial issues, saying black people “can go anywhere in this state” as long as they are “conservative” and not liberal.
“I want every young woman to know that there is a place for you in America if you are pro-life, if you embrace your religion and follow a traditional family structure – that you can go anywhere, young.” girl, ”said Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who faces a surprisingly strong challenge from Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, who is black.
“First off, @LindseyGrahamSC said black people can do anything in SC… as long as they are conservative,” Mr Harrison wrote in a Tweet early Sunday. “Now he says young women can have a place in America if they are pro-life and come from ‘traditional families’. Are there any other requirements we should know about, Lindsey? “
Mr Graham, speaking at a campaign event in Conway, SC, made the comments after praising Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a role model for other women to follow.
“Do you know what I like about Judge Barrett?” She has it all, ”the senator said. “She’s not just mean and smart, she’s incredibly good. She embraces her faith, ”Graham said at an outdoor rally as he paced the stage in a baseball cap.
An email to Mr. Graham’s spokesperson was not immediately returned.
But a person close to the senator said he was simply suggesting that a woman who shared Justice Barrett’s conservative views might be successful, rather than setting the preconditions for all women to succeed.
Mr. Graham holds a narrow lead over Mr. Harrison in recent polls, but has suffered the same political afflictions that plagued Mr. Trump – the defection of white commuters, a huge gender gap and overwhelming opposition from black voters.
At times his outspoken, free-flowing folk style – which endeared him to journalists in Washington – backfired.
“If you are a young African American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be a conservative, not a liberal,” Graham said at a candidates’ forum on the 10th. October.