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South Carolina GOP Senate Candidate Compares Civil War To Abusive Relationship

05/16/2014 04:03 pm ET | Updated May 16, 2014

South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright, one of six candidates challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham in the state's GOP Senate primary, compared the Civil War to an abusive relationship Wednesday.

"A civil war is kind of family against family, and I didn't get corrected until probably I was in my twenties, and somebody said, 'That wasn't a civil war, I mean a civil war is when it's people attacking their neighbors, and this wasn't people attacking their neighbors,'" Bright said in a speech on the state Senate floor.

"Folks in the North decided that -- kind of like a marriage you know the South had decided it wanted to separate, and the North said, 'You know what, we're not going to separate, and if you don't stay together with us, we're just -- we're going to kill you,'" he continued.

Bright didn't stop there, however. "That side's never told in our history books because if you, um, Napoleon -- Napoleon, one of my favorite quotes Napoleon said [was] that 'history is the agreed-upon fable,'" he said.

The comments come just days after Charleston County Republicans voted to censure Graham for, in their opinion, not being conservative enough.

The primary is scheduled for June 10, and Graham is slated to have former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice campaign for him Monday in Greenville, S.C.

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