Senator Lindsey Graham thought that he landed a real zinger on his opponent Jaime Harrison this week, but it turns out that Harrison was not only ready for this attack, but he also threw Graham’s own words back in his face. Graham wanted Harrison to release his tax returns, which he did, and Harrison reminded him that Graham repeatedly told Trump to do the same but has suddenly stopped doing so. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is facing an exceptionally tight reelection bid in South Carolina. In fact, the latest polls to come out of the South Carolina shows that Lindsey Graham is tied with his democratic challenger, Jamie Harrison at 44% apiece, which also means that about 12% of people are undecided. Now here’s the interesting thing about those South Carolina polls that show Lindsey Graham and Jamie Harrison tied. Uh, the presidential race in the state is definitely not tied. Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the state of South Carolina, I think by about six points, according to five 38. So Trump’s going to win South Carolina. The Republicans are gonna come out for Donald Trump, but right now it’s not looking like they’re going to come out of for Lindsey Graham in as big of numbers as they are for Donald Trump. So could it be that in South Carolina, you’re actually going to have people to vote for Donald Trump, for president, and then Jamie Harrison for Senate.

That would be quite interesting, but Lindsey Graham to his credit has been trying to make sure that doesn’t happen and for about a week or so, he was hounding his opponent, Jamie Harrison, to release his tax returns every day, release your tax returns. Jamie Jamie, once you hide chair of the democratic party here in South Carolina release, your tax has released your taxes, release your taxes. So on Tuesday of this week, Jamie Harrison released his taxes and he posted, posted for everybody. See, and then on Twitter, he responded to Lindsay Graham and he said done. Now do president Trump, simple, simple little sense there, but makes a lot of sense because not only has Donald Trump not released to Sachs turns, but a Lindsey Graham has also been one of the loudest voices out there saying Trump should release his tax returns. And Trump still hasn’t. Trump has no intention to, Trump’s never going to release his taxes. He won’t even release him to investigators who have subpoenaed him. Why would we ever think the man is going to willingly give them to the American public? He is not going to do that. But Lindsay Gran, uh, as recently as 2019, by the way, Lindsey Graham has actually said, yeah, everybody running for president 2020 should release their tax rates.

So Jamie Harrison threw that back in his face and then Twitter, of course piled on, has they do mocking Lindsay Graham laughing at him posting hilarious little gifts. And that’s how it should be because yeah, Lindsey Graham looked like an idiot here. Lindsey Graham reminded the entire country how stupid he is by reminding the entire country that Trump has been released. His tax returns. I mean, come on Lindsay. You know, Trump hasn’t released these things called them out on it. You did in 2016 and here you are trying to go to another person into release new tax returns, doing so publicly raising the issue of releasing tax returns. When running for office with the guy that you have now fallen in love with you, go golfing with him. He’s your best bud. After John McCain kicked the bucket, trumps your guy and you’re out there raising an issue that you know is a little bit personal to Trump because it’s something he doesn’t want to do. That is either the work of a double agent trying to get Trump kicked out of office or a staggeringly incompetent buffoon and Lindsay, in your case, I’m going to go with the latter on that one.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced