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Lindsey Graham Takes Shots At Trump on MLK Day: ‘We’re Not Going Backward’

On MLK Day, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina invoked the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. to send some veiled criticisms towards President Donald Trump over his “shithole countries” remark, and implore him to find a solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals issue.

The senator also advised the president to find a fix to immigration reform by doing more “understanding” and less “tweeting.”

“It is going to take you, Mr. President, working with Republicans and Democrats to get this done,” said Graham while speaking to WIS-TV today. “It’s not going to be done on Twitter, by tweeting. It’s got to be done by talking and understanding.”

The South Carolina senator also took some veiled shots a Trump over his comments in an Oval Office meeting deriding immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “people from shithole countries.”

“The discourse right now is pretty low,” he said. “Those of us in my business need to up their game. It’s pretty embarrassing when you have to take your children out of the room to report the news.”

As for MLK’s legacy and his message, Graham praised the Civil Rights leader for focusing on the “hearts of people” when pursuing positive change in America.

He added the following to honor MLK on what would be his 89th birthday:

“I told the folks here today the best way to honor Martin Luther King in 2018 for me is to make sure that we don’t go backward. We may not go forward as fast as we would like. We may have differences about what forward looks like. But we sure as hell know what backward looks like. And we’re not going backward.”

The senior senator from South Carolina also praised “the life and teachings” of MLK as being “the glue that holds America together” to this day.

Graham ended the interview with a final plea to fix DACA as soon as possible, saying, “Mr. President, close the deal — 80 percent of Americans want to give the DACA kids a better life, 80 percent of Americans want to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system.”

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