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TRAILER The Bulwark Podcast Presents: The Corruption of Lindsey Graham

June 30, 2023

Will Saletan has a story to tell: It’s about what’s happened to the United States since Donald Trump began his rise to power eight years ago. It’s about authoritarianism in our own country.

But it’s not a story about Trump. It’s about his collaborators, and in particular, one collaborator: Senator Lindsey Graham.

This special summer podcast series will explain what happened to Graham, and how the story of his gradual corruption can help us to understand how an entire political party, and half of our country, fell under the sway of a candidate, and then a president, who openly attacks democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law. “The Corruption of Lindsey Graham” starts July 3.

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    I think he’s a cook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office. That was Lindsey Graham in twenty sixteen talking about Donald Trump, and here’s Graham in twenty seventeen You know what concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook, not fit to be president. How did Graham completely transform himself from a clear eyed opponent of Trump to one of his chief apologists.
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    And how did so many other Republicans undergo the same bizarre transformation? What happened to our country? I’m Will Saletan. To answer those questions, I set out to tell Graham’s story in a way you’ve never heard before. It’s a story about how the United States began to sink into the madness of authoritarianism.
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    Join me for a new podcast series The corruption of Lindsey Graham. New episodes drop every Monday this summer starting July third on the Bulwark podcast feed.
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