Donald Trump's poll numbers are so bad, Satan himself would likely give him a run for his money in a general election, Sen. Lindsey Graham declared Sunday.
In an interview with CBS News ' Face the Nation,'
the South Carolina lawmaker, who is supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the contentious GOP primary, said Republicans embracing the real estate billionaire are "destroying conservatism."
"You will make it hard for this party to ever regain footing with Hispanics because his immigration proposal is unworkable, is hateful," he said. "When it comes to women, we're alienating women who should be coming our way after eight years of [President Barack] Obama," adding: "If you think his foreign policy is sound, you are obviously not listening to the same man I'm listening to."
"There's a civil war going on in the Republican party," Graham declared.
"There's been a lot of talk about Lucifer," Graham continued, referring to recent remarks by former House Speaker John Boehner that Cruz was Lucifer in the flesh." "I think Lucifer may be the only person Trump could beat in a general election. When it comes to women and Hispanics, Trump polls like Lucifer. This is a contest between conservatism and Trumpism and Trumpism will get creamed at the ballot box."
Graham said he advises fellow senators and lawmakers up for re-election this fall to "embrace conservatism, reject Trumpism."
"Do not buy the siren song of isolationism," he urged. "To my Republican colleagues, distance yourself as much as you can from Donald Trump because he's toxic for conservatism," he said.
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