Lindsey Graham: ‘White Men In Male-Only Clubs Are Going To Do Great In My Presidency’ (Audio)
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told a few jokes in a private gathering this month that was recorded because it’s 2014. In the audio recording of his comments which were provided to CNN, Graham can be heard saying in the closed door, all male meeting, “I’m trying to help you with your tax status. I’m sorry the government’s so f—ed up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”
[su_center_ad]”We got any Presbyterians here? We got any Baptists? They’re the ones that drink and don’t admit it.”, Graham can be heard saying in another clip.
Two separate South Carolina Democrats received the recordings from a person using an anonymous Gmail address and gave them to CNN.
Graham confirmed that the recordings were genuine.
Graham said that he made the comments several weeks ago at a meeting of the Hibernian Society of Charleston, the Irish-Catholic charity organization that sometimes hosts big-name politicians for irreverent and frequently bawdy speeches.
Contacted about the recording, Graham’s campaign arranged for the senator to speak about the remarks by phone from South Carolina.
The Hibernian Society hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day banquet that, in the past, has been headlined by top political figures like Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“I have never been to the Gridiron Dinner, but it’s a little like that,” Graham said.
His October visit to the society was a separate event, he said, but the spirit was the same.
“I hope this doesn’t reflect poorly on the club,” he said. “They are great guys.”
Graham said he was making fun of the society’s all-male membership, joking that they were the last such organization in existence after Augusta National Golf Club admitted women.
As for the Baptist riff, Graham said he regularly teases South Carolina audiences about their various religious denominations, before making a larger point about religious liberty in the United States and warning about the threat of radical Islam overseas.
“White men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” sounds more like the truth than a joke.[su_csky_ad]