Newsmax.com reports that
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Donald Trump remains the party’s “most potent force” even after his second impeachment, and suggested Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hurt the GOP by blaming the former president for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
“The Trump movement is alive and well,” Graham, one of Trump’s most consistent allies, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “All I can say is the most potent force in the Republican Party is President Trump. We need Trump-plus.”
The South Carolina senator’s comments reflect the internal struggle facing the party after a minority of Republican senators sided with Democrats on Saturday and voted to convict Trump of inciting supporters to breach the Capitol, clash with police, and interfere with the certification of his election defeat by the Senate.
Trump’s level of support among the GOP base will help determine his future role in the party. Graham said there’s no question Republicans need to work with Trump to win future elections and that he’ll be meeting him in Florida “next week.”
“We can’t do it without him,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”
McConnell’s speech, in which the top Republican in the Senate denounced Trump as “practically and morally responsible” for the storming Capitol — despite voting to acquit him on the impeachment charge — was “an outlier” that will weigh on the party down the road, Graham said.
“He got a load off his chest, obviously.” Graham said. “But unfortunately, he put a load on the back of Republicans. That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”
Republicans who have crossed Trump, including House members who voted for his impeachment in January and the senators who joined Democrats in Saturday’s vote, have already met pushback from within the GOP.
Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Richard Burr of North Carolina were both censured on Saturday by their state parties. Burr plans to retire from the Senate at the end of his term; Cassidy was re-elected in November and won’t face voters again until 2026.
“I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty,” Cassidy said Saturday in a tweet.
In another sign that Trump’s influence could live on, Graham predicted the former president’s daughter in law, Lara Trump, could run for Burr’s Senate seat in 2022.
“I think she represents the future of the Republican Party,” Graham said.
You know, boys and girls, for somebody who never saw a camera he didn’t like, “Miss” Lindsey has hit the nail square on the proverbial head/.
The old Guard of the Republican Party, the GOP Elite, if you will, need to pull their heads out of their backsides and come up for air.
Sen. Graham just gave them a Reality Check.
Over 74 million Americans voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.
That is a lot of voters whom the GOP desperately need if they are going to compete in the Midterm Elections in 2022 or the Presidential Election in 2024.
The GOP Elite and the Democrat Elite have a lot in common, the major things being political tone-deafness and a purposeful distancing of themselves from their constituents.
The Capitol Hill Elite believe that we back home in the Heartland are a bunch of rubes.
Look at McConnell’s tirade after the acquittal on Saturday.
He sounded like a Democrat.
I guess that is what happens when you play the role of a Vichy Republican for decades.
You forget who your boss is.
McConnell is a very politically-astute Senator who has been up on Mount Olympus…err…Capitol Hill since bully was a calf.
The problem is the fact that while he has made fiery speeches condemning the “opposition party”, he has spent his time in power being nothing more than a lackey to them.
Saturday, he knew that he had to vote for acquittal because he would probably lose his position of power if he did not.
However, his TDS got the best of him, along with his jealousy over the fact the Trump, and not he, remains, as Graham said, the Republican Party’s “most potent force”.
Gee, Mitch. If you had actually grown a spine and done something in Washington all of these years, that might have been you who was indispensable.
The cold hard truth is, without Donald J. Trump as the face of the Republicans Party, y’all are the Democrat Party Lite.
So, suck it up, Buttercup. Figure out which side your bread is buttered on and get with the program…or retire.
Otherwise, Sen. Graham and the rest of the Republicans who have already wizened up are going to kick you to the curb.
Until He Comes,