(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks at the Capitol on Sept. 29, 2020. Demetrius Freeman / AFP - Getty Images)

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said Friday during a debate forum against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison that Black Americans “can go anywhere in this state” if they’re conservative.

 Graham was then asked his opinion about the civil unrest across the nation and South Carolina surrounding police reform and systemic racism. Toward the end of his view, he heavily implied that Black people would only be successful in the state if they are conservative and had the same views as him and his conservative counterparts.

Graham said,

If you’re a young African American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal.

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison is neck in neck with the incumbent, according to recent polls. The debate would have been the second between the two candidates. It was canceled after Graham refused to take a COVID-19 test. Instead of the traditional debate platform, they were asked questions separately at the Spartanburg studios of WSPA-TV.

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