- Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday told Fox News that Republicans should unite under Trump.
- “We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking the majority without Donald Trump,” Graham said.
- Graham called out McConnell after he rebuked Trump for his role in the Capitol siege.
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The Republican Party remains split since the turmoil of January 6, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has an idea on how to unite the GOP: stick with Donald Trump.
“I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party,” the South Carolina senator told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.
Graham aimed his comments directly at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who fiercely rebuked Trump on Saturday for provoking the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
Graham argued that McConnell’s view of Trump isn’t “widely shared” by most of the party, and that the Kentucky senator would be wise to realize that.
“Trump is the most consequential Republican in the party,” Graham said. If McConnell doesn’t agree, “he’s missing a lot.”
Top Republicans have taken conflicting stances on how to lead in the post-Trump era. McConnell, for one, has distanced himself from the former president since the Capitol attack. He joined 42 Republican senators, including Graham, in voting to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial. But McConnell said over the weekend that Trump “didn’t get away with anything yet” over his role in the deadly riot and could face legal consequences as a private citizen.
Trump issued a harsh response to McConnell on Tuesday, calling the top Republican a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack.”
The feud has left Graham shaken about the future of the GOP, which hopes to flip the House and Senate in 2022, and regain the White House in 2024. Democrats currently have full political control, with slim majorities in Congress.
“They’re now at each other’s throat,” Graham said. “I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own.”
Graham, a major ally to Trump throughout his tenure, said that former president is critical to winning upcoming elections. “We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking the majority without Donald Trump. If you don’t get that, you’re just not looking,” he said.
McConnell, for his part, told Politico over the weekend that his main goal is to elect Republicans, irrespective of if they’re in Trump’s camp.
“Some of them may be people the former president likes,” he said. “Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability.”
Last month, after Democrats picked up two Senate seats in Georgia, Trump became the first president since 1932 to lose reelection, the House and the Senate within his term.