Lindsey Graham is censured by former Republican supporters in SC’s 4th largest county…

Vince Rizzo
3 min readAug 15, 2022


Bless his heart.

The backlash was swift and inevitable. Lindsey Graham has lived by the sword that now threatens him at home, in Horry County, SC. Horry, (pronounced Ory with a silent “h”). The county that encompasses the Grand Strand beaches of North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach is made up of staunch Trump supporters with MAGA “merch” sold in tents and in strip malls that stretch down U.S. Route 17. Before it was “Trump country” it belonged to Graham. Graham has been fighting for a position in the long line of Republican pols who shamelessly sell The Big Lie. Many, like Kevin McCarthy, have made the journey of shame seeking closer proximity to smooch their idol’s ample behind. Graham was there first. He has been one of the most loyal in his support of Trump from the time that he wasn’t. The man who has traded affection for his former BFF, the late John McCain, to embrace the man who dishonored his friend even in death, has now become vulnerable to the MAGA crowd’s karmic boomerang. Orthodoxy isn’t enough for Republicans these days, they require purity:

TheHorry County Republican Partyhas created a resolution to censure Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his support of theBipartisan Safer Communities Act. At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, on August 1, 2022, the GOP unanimously passed a resolution with 45 votes to “censure Senator Lindsay Graham for his conscious and deliberate violation of Republican principles and the South Carolina Republican Party Platform.”

— WPDE ABC 15 News, byEmma Parkhouse,Sunday, August 14th 2022

Oh, the inhumanity! His lapdog devotion to the Republican gilded idol wasn’t enough to spare him the ire of the out-of-control MAGA mob. Trump has sown the wind and LG is reaping the whirlwind. Poor Lindsey, he has finally arrived in that irrational no man’s land conquered by Trump and reserved for those who will ultimately find themselves “damned if they do, damned if they didn’t.” Catch-22 has become Caught 45. What we are witnessing is the implosion of a belief system that was always unsustainable. While it may not have not yet reached its denouement, it is coming. The question becomes how much more damage, how many more lives, more careers get flushed as the toll rises?

Lindsey is discovering that he and those like him have hitched their political stars to Trump’s Death Star. They are simply collateral damage when it implodes. The crazed cult-like followers will, in the end, collapse like the gasbag they worship. The action taken by the DOJ this week is a step. The Republican Party of Horry County’s political infighting and disruption of internal order is another. These are harbingers of how this all ends. We were all there at the beginning, the moment that America entered this protracted dark period on January 20, 2017. It was the day that a president with a limited vocabulary could find so few good words to share that day. His speech with the theme of American Carnage brought on a torrent of hate and disunion in our nation. Just as sure as it began, it will end, but there will be little joy looking back. As one of our Founders reflected,

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Lindsey Graham, born of humble circumstances in the heart of South Carolina, has chosen his path. The first in his family to attend college and a once rising star in the Republican firmament, Graham gambled his future on a thrice-bankrupt con artist. He may not have drunk the Kool-Aid, but he helped stir it for others to swallow. Caught in the undertow of the Trump riptide, Graham now finds himself in a plot that resembles one that might have been written by Rod Serling for The Twilight Zone. Serling always ended the program with a line or two that served as the moral of the tale. This one could have been written for LG:

“A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he’s ever wanted — and he’s going to have to live with it for eternity.”

— The Twilight Zone episode, “A Nice Place to Visit”

And forever is a long, long time, bless his little heart.

Originally published at on August 15, 2022.



Vince Rizzo

Former president of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and a founder of a charter school based on MI theory.