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Duke Sends Open Letter to President Trump

OPEN LETTER to President Donald J. Trump and the
South Carolina Republican Party Leadership.

Sent via Email and Certified U.S. Mail to the President of the United States

Duke Buckner
Candidate for U.S. Senate
P.O. Box 47 Walterboro, SC 29488

May 8, 2020

Mr. Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

RE: Endorsement of my Candidacy

Dear Mr. President:

My name is Dwayne Buckner. My friends call me Duke, and I am seeking the South Carolina Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.  When you were running for President in 2016, you came to my hometown of Walterboro, SC for a campaign rally! I went to the rally because I wanted to see you in person and hear what you had to say about fixing our country.  I listened and really heard your heart when you shared how you felt that America was being taken advantage of by other countries because of unfair trade deals; that other countries were not paying their fair share in NATO; that you were going to reduce burdensome regulations and taxes that were crippling our economy; that you were going to build a wall to help stop the flow of illegal aliens coming into the country; that you were going to bring back manufacturing jobs from overseas; that you were going to rebuild our military and help build wealth and prosperity for our nation by putting America first; in essence Make America Great Again!

After I heard you speak, I knew you were the right man for the job and that you had my vote. Since you've been in office, despite all the negative attacks and biased media coverage against you personally and against your administration, you have kept your promises to the American people.  That is why it deeply disturbed me back in July of 2018 when Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened you with “Holy Hell” if you fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said it would be "the beginning of the end" of your presidency if you fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Graham’s threat sounded like he would do whatever he could to have you impeached and removed from office!  I believe the words he spoke sowed the seeds that resulted in your impeachment by House Democrats two years later.  I believe Democratic Party leaders felt Sen. Graham was an ally in their attempt to have you removed from office.

It wasn’t until the Brett Kavanaugh hearing that Sen. Graham made a 180 degree turn and began to support you.  I believe the ONLY reason Sen. Graham did this was because he would be facing re-election two years later. He saw the handwriting on the wall if he didn’t support you because of your tremendous popularity in the Palmetto State.  Now, the mainstream media touts Sen. Graham as one of your “closest” allies.  I do not believe the media when they say this, neither do I believe that Sen. Graham’s support for you is sincere. If Sen. Graham is elected again, I believe he will swing back to the left and be a "thorn in your side" during your second term.  I draw this conclusion based on the fact that Sen. Graham has a history and a pattern of siding with Democrats and voting and supporting initiatives that are contrary to the platform of the Republican Party. Sen. Graham has done this so often that he was censured by the Charleston, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Greenville, Lexington and Pickens County GOP’s. I believe Sen. Graham no longer represents the values and beliefs of the majority of the citizens of South Carolina and should not be re-elected in the primary on Tuesday June 9, 2020.

Moreover, Sen. Graham’s support and popularity in South Carolina has diminished considerably over the last few years.  He has lost tremendous support among conservative Republicans for supporting Democratic Party ideas like amnesty for illegal aliens, red flag laws and President Barack Obama's appointments to the Supreme Court.  In addition, he has lost support from McCain Republicans because of his newly found allegiance and support for you.  Furthermore, Sen. Graham promised as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would investigate the origins of the Russia probe; hold hearing as to politically-motivated actions, if any, taken by members of the FBI and the Justice Department that were made in an effort to undermine your Presidency; and investigate Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine. As of the date of this letter, no hearings have been held.  Sen. Graham has not kept his promise to the people of South Carolina!  As a result, many South Carolinians are fed up with Sen. Graham's inconsistency and will not vote for him again.  Also, Sen. Graham is seeking a 4th term in office.  He has been the U.S. Senator for South Carolina for the last 18 years.  Before becoming Senator, he served 4 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  All together, he has a combined 28 years in the U.S. Congress. Sen. Graham has served the state of South Carolina for a long time.  However, I believe, like many others, that it's time for Sen. Graham to come back home and give someone else a chance to serve the citizens of South Carolina.

Although this is my first time seeking national office, I am not a total political newcomer.  I was elected to the Walterboro City Council in 2009. I am a conservative Christian Republican born and raised in South Carolina. I am an attorney by trade holding bar licenses in South Carolina and Florida.  I have been practicing law in South Carolina in my own law firm since 2012.  Before becoming an attorney, I owned and operated a weekly newspaper in my hometown of Walterboro, SC for 6 years before getting into law school.  My platform for the U.S. Senate is simple. I am pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-fiscal responsibility.  All of my legislative proposals that I plan to work on as Senator can be found in my “Contract with South Carolina“ on my website at  Now more than ever I believe that it is time for the righteous to govern our nation.  My campaign is to encourage others that if they feel the Lord is calling them to step into the political arena, now is the time to do so.  Therefore, based on the aforesaid, I am asking that you endorse my candidacy for the United States Senate.  I know Vice President Pence endorsed Sen. Graham back in June of 2019, and that solidarity within the administration is important.  However, since receiving that endorsement, Sen. Graham has taken positions directly against your administration.  For example, in October of 2019 Sen. Graham said your decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria was the “biggest blunder of your Presidency."  However, the vast majority of South Carolinians agreed with your decision to withdraw troops and so did I.

Finally, Mr. President and to the Republican leadership in South Carolina, your endorsement of my candidacy would be sending a message to the African American community that the Republican party; the party of Lincoln, the party of their forefathers is the true party of freedom, racial diversity and equality- that it is the Republican Party that wants to protect their unborn, empower them economically, and provide a quality education to their children by giving them school choice.  So again, I ask for your endorsement of my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  What have you got to lose? Thank you for your time and your consideration.


Duke Buckner
Candidate U.S. Senate

Committee to Elect Dwayne T. Buckner for United States Senate
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