If you had read that Lindsey Graham was the guest on The Daily Show before the current presidential campaign, you might expect a borefest mixed with plenty of awkward moments. The latter was still true on Wednesday, but the effects of the election have clearly taken their toll on Graham. Not only has he thrown his support behind Ted Cruz, he has completely taken the anti-Trump stance to heart.
It’s the first real human moment I’ve ever seen from Graham, who took over Strom Thurmond’s senate seat in 2003 and seemed to take on the spirit of the departed soon after. Here he’s playing pool, joking about Donald Trump, admitting that he’s only supporting Cruz because he’s “not Donald Trump.” And all of it is highlighted with Trevor Noah hitting Graham with his recent statements about Cruz, forcing Graham to shrug and say that his party is completely screwed up.