“Lindsey Graham might have darkened my face — but it’s Lindsey who the people of South Carolina can’t recognize.”
Columbia, S.C. — Today, the Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate campaign released the following statement after a report by CNN detailed a Facebook fundraising ad Sen. Lindsey Graham ran that darkened the skin tone of Harrison – “at a time of nationwide reckoning over race.”
“Lindsey Graham is playing a part in a 400-year history of an Old South that had no room for people who looked like me,” Harrison said. “More than 83,000 South Carolinians have tested positive for COVID-19 and over 1,500 have died from the virus. Our state is hurting right now, and we must keep our eye on the ball and fight for the people of the Palmetto State. Lindsey Graham might have darkened my face — but it’s Lindsey who the people of South Carolina can’t recognize.”
“This is the oldest trick in the book,” Guy King, campaign spokesperson said. “It’s disrespectful for Lindsey Graham to resort to such desperate measures and shows just how scared he is from our grassroots movement. Lindsey Graham needs to remove the ad and donate the money to an organization that fights against bigotry.”
The Facebook ad is an attempt to tie Harrison with actress Kathy Griffin, who is visibly of a lighter skin complexion, and “radical leftists” in order for Sen. Graham to catch up to Harrison’s grassroots fundraising momentum.