In speaking on the floor of Congress after Wednesday’s unacceptable and universally condemned violence at the Capitol, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admitted he and President Trump, who were one-time rivals for the GOP nomination in 2016 but had subsequently become allies, had reached the end of the political road.
“Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president…all I can say is count me out. Enough is enough; I’ve tried to be helpful,” Graham said in reaffirming that he would not support the challenge to the certification of Joe Biden’s win.
Graham, the chair (at least for now) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, went on to say that while he disagreed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling against a Trump constitutional challenge to the outcome in that state, he accepted the decision.
“If Al Gore can accept 5-4 and he’s not president, I can accept Wisconsin 4-3.” The senator also cited adverse court decisions to the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania and Georgia that he disagreed with, but accepts. In his remark’s he discounted some of the fraud claims, however.
“Enough’s enough. We gotta end it,” Graham asserted. In his fuller remarks, Graham acknowledged that his GOP colleagues who challenged the election results weren’t doing anything wrong, even though he thought it was a bad idea.
As far as Vice President Pence’s predictable decision not to block Biden’s electors, Graham declared that “Vice President Pence, what they’re asking you to do you won’t do, because you can’t.” Graham insisted that Pence lacked the constitutional authority to send the results back to the states.
“Trump and I, we’re had a hell of a journey … enough is enough … we’ve gotta end it” — Lindsey Graham pic.twitter.com/HoHXAt8Gtx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 7, 2021
In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election, Graham championed an election challenge, however. “If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again,” he said at the time.
On Wednesday night, Graham threw cold water on a 10-day delay in the certification to allow a commission to conduct an emergency audit of the election returns in disputed states, as proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz and other lawmakers. “I think a commission chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and John Roberts is not gonna get you where you want to go,” he quipped.
In a statement issued through White House aide Dan Scavino because Trump’s Twitter account is locked, the POTUS committed to an orderly transfer of power even though he still disagrees with the outcome of the election because of rampant irregularities in key swing states.
…fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021
Here is a longer clip of Lindsey Graham’s remarks:
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