Lindsey Graham

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham uttered the S-word live on CNN Friday as he defended his support for President Donald Trump.

"If you don't like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don't give a s---," he told host Kate Bolduan.

Graham has been known to curse in certain settings, including jokingly when he is stumping or telling a story to a civic club audience.

But going on live TV nationally and using a curse is rarer.

His South Carolina spokesman said the remark was spur of the moment in the 17-minute interview.

"Graham calls em like he sees 'em. He doesn’t pull punches. That’s what you saw today. That’s who he is," said spokesman Kevin Bishop.  

The senator does not intend to issue an apology.

"Has anyone requested one?" Bishop asked.

Filing a profanity complaint with the Federal Communications Commission is a lengthy process. But because his comment was said on a pay-for cable station, nothing is likely to happen.

"CNN is a cable network. The FCC doesn’t regulate indecency or profanity on paid-TV cable networks," a spokesman said.

The topics Graham was addressing included the Department of Justice report on the Russia investigation and separating parents from children at the Mexico border.

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“I’ve got a relationship with the president at a time when I think he needs allies,” Graham said.

He was then asked about past criticisms of Trump. Graham said he would make his point known when he felt it should be.

The excerpt included:

“When I worked with President Obama, and I did on occasion, I was a hero. Now when I work with President Trump, I’m two-faced. I know how the game’s played and I don’t give a damn.

"I’m going to do what’s best for the country. I like the president. I want to help him. I hope he’s successful. He’s been a friend to me and he says some things I don’t agree with. So if you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don’t give a s---.”

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.