WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - Republican Senator and former presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham said on Friday he could not in "good conscience" support Donald Trump for the presidency, but that he also would not back Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"I absolutely will NOT support Hillary Clinton for President," Graham said in a post on Twitter. "I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative."
See more of Graham's statement on Twitter:
Lindsey Graham's 2016 tweets on Donald Trump
Former Republican presidential hopeful Graham won't back Trump or Clinton
It’s hard to believe that in a nation of more than 300 million Americans Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be our choices for President.
As for me, I absolutely will NOT support Hillary Clinton for President. (2)
Hillary Clinton represents the third term of Barack Obama & our nation cannot afford to continue those failed policies at home or abroad.(3)
I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative....(4)
.....do not believe he is a reliable GOP conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief. (5)
I will enthusiastically support Republicans for other offices in South Carolina and throughout the country. (6)
I will focus my time, energy and effort on raising resources and advocating for our Republican majorities in the House and Senate. (7)
Finally, I do not plan to attend the Republican convention in Cleveland this summer. (8)
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After dropping out of the race in December, Graham reluctantly backed former rival Ted Cruz, saying "If we give the banner of the Republican party to Donald Trump, we tarnish it maybe forever."
(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese; Additional reporting by AOL.com)