Lifelong bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) advised young women over the weekend that they can “follow traditional family structure” if they want to be welcome in America.
Graham made the remarks at a campaign stop in Conway, South Carolina on Saturday, where he celebrated the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
“You know what I like about Judge Barrett? She’s got everything,” Graham explained to supporters. “She’s just not wicked smart, she’s incredibly good. She embraces her faith.”
“I want every young woman to know that that there’s a place for you in America if you’re pro-life, if you embrace your religion and you follow traditional family structure,” he added, “that you can go anywhere, young lady.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham says Amy Coney Barrett shows young women can go anywhere in America "if you are pro-life, if you embrace your religion and you follow traditional family structure."
The term "traditional family structure" has been used to exclude and denigrate LGBTQ families. pic.twitter.com/bbpvnBdFU7
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In a televised campaign event earlier this month, Graham said African Americans can “go anywhere” in his home state but they “just need to be conservative”.
Graham made the comment in a televised “conversation” with his political rival, former South Carolina Democratic party chair Jaime Harrison, the first African American to serve in the role.
“Do I believe our cops are systemically racist? No. Do I believe South Carolina is a racist state? No. Let me tell you why. To young people out there, young people of color, young immigrants, this is a great state, but one thing I can say without any doubt, you can be an African American and go to the Senate but you just have to share our values.”
He went on to say: “If you’re a young, African American or an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal.”