Few Republicans have been more loyal to Donald Trump than Lindsey Graham. But when the South Carolina senator criticized Trump about his 1/6 pardon comments, the former President hit the roof, calling Graham a RINO.
On Sunday, the Republican lawmaker appeared on ABC’s This Week. Graham again rebuked Trump, saying his obsession with the 2020 election hurt the GOP.
Graham told host George Stephanopoulos, “The 2020 election is over for me. Donald Trump is the most consequential Republican in the Republican party today. He has a great chance of being President again in 2024. We’ll start comparing what he did as President vs. what is going on now and how to fix the mess we’re in. If he looks backward, I think he’s hurting his chances.”
Stephanopoulos then asked, “You said the President would need to change for 2024. He doesn’t really show any signs of changing. He continues to lie about the 2020 election. A couple of weeks ago, he talked about pardoning the January 6th rioters. He called you a RINO. There’s no evidence that the President’s gonna change.”
"For [Trump] to win in 2024, he's gotta talk about the future … if he continues to talk about the 2020 election, I think it hurts his cause and quite frankly hurts the Republican Party" — Lindsey Graham on ABC pic.twitter.com/1fRrOxvjX3
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Graham responded, “Well, here’s my statement about the President’s situation right now. He’s the most dominant figure in the Republican party. I think Biden’s approval ratings are in the tank because his policies are not working. For the President to win in 2024, he’s gotta talk about the future…I do believe that if he talked about what he’s capable of doing, and reminds people what he did in the past, he has a chance to come back. If he continues to talk about the 2020 election, I think it hurts his cause and quite frankly hurts the Republican Party.”
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