Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who previously said Donald Trump was "killing his party" with his inane comments about immigration, called the fellow Republican presidential candidate a "jackass" on CNN. It's an apt description people of all different kinds of ideological stripes can agree to. Specifically, Graham complained Trump was a "jackass at a time when we need to have a serious debate about the future of the party and the country."
For Trump, everything seems personal, and he responded to Graham's comments in a speech in South Carolina today in typical Trump fashion. Via The Hill:
"It's amazing, he doesn't seem like a very bright guy. He actually seems to me not as bright, obviously, as [former Texas Gov.] Rick Perry," Trump said during a rambling speech Tuesday in front of retirees at Sun City, S.C.
"Didn't this guy call me four years ago? Yes, he called me three or four years ago, Lindsey Graham, I didn't even know who he was."
After telling the crowd that Graham had called him to ask for a good reference to be on Fox News and to see if he could come visit Trump to receive some campaign cash, Trump held up a sheet of paper with a telephone number on it that he said was Graham's.
That Donald Trump didn't know who Lindsey Graham was four years ago says a lot about how serious of a candidate he is. It's not the first time Trump's publicized private contact information during public disputes with others. He posted a note from a Univision executive including that man's phone number when Univision dumped Trump's beauty pageant. Trump, a billionaire not afraid of using his money to curry political influence with Republicans or Democrats—a cronyist, if you will—is fond of pointing out how those people who attack him had previously been polite to him, or asked him for money, as if that were a strange thing to have happened.