Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joked in a private meeting this month that white men would “do great” under his presidency, according to audio obtained by CNN.
The South Carolina Republican confirmed to the news outlet that he made the comment at a meeting of the Hibernian Society of Charleston, a charity organization that he said encourages speakers “to be earthy, to make fun of yourself, to make fun of them.”
“If I get to be president, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” Graham says in one audio snippet as the audience laughs.
“I’ve tried to help you with your tax status,” the senator says in another recording. “I’m sorry the government’s so f*cked up.”
Graham, who has said that he’d consider launching a 2016 bid, explained to CNN that he was just making fun of the Hibernian Society’s all-male membership.
Listen below via CNN: