(Liberty Bell) – Sen. Lindsey Graham is once again defending former President Donald Trump by stating that the current impeachment effort against him, which was launched by House Democrats after the Capitol Hill riot, is totally unconstitutional. He also warned Republicans that if they abandon Trump and take up the impeachment battle against him, they risk causing the Republican Party to “crack up.”
According to BizPacReview, the South Carolina senator sat down with Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Brett Baier on the day of Biden’s inauguration, and noted that he strongly disagrees with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the former president was responsible for stirring up all the trouble at the Capitol.
“It looks like we’re going forward” with the impeachment, Graham stated during the interview. “We’re about to impeach a guy in Florida, okay? We’re about to impeach a man who is out of office, for the express purpose of making sure he can never run again.”
“I think it’s unconstitutional. I think it continues to divide the country. I think it puts a cloud over the presidency. It will open up Pandora’s box regarding the presidency itself,” the senator continued. “So I would like the Republican leadership to be more firm.”
Graham then went on to give McConnell some high praise for being a “good majority leader” who “was indispensable” to helping former President Trump get his judicial and Supreme Court nominees appointed to their positions, as well as helping him pass critical pieces of legislation.
“He’s a solid conservative but I am hoping that he will make an announcement soon saying that impeachment under these circumstances is unwise and unconstitutional,” Graham added.
“If this party is going to survive, we gotta realize that Donald Trump had a consequential presidency for conservatives, that he’s gonna be the strongest voice in the party. I realize that, and I appreciate that,” he said.
When asked by Baier if Graham believed that Trump was responsible for the riots on January 6th, he said no.
“But the people that broke into the Capitol are responsible for their actions. I’m not responsible. Trump’s not responsible,” Graham stated. “If you think President Trump committed a crime, he can be prosecuted. Impeachment is a political exercise that will further divide the country, and I think eventually destroy the presidency.”
Graham is right on the money. The individuals responsible for the riot are those who participated in it. It’s called personal responsibility. It’s not a real strong movement on the left just yet.
At the end of the day, the Republican Party would definitely be better off if they listened to Graham and stuck by Trump. Not because of the president himself necessarily but because he became the voice for an entire demographic of Americans who feel they are not being listened to by politicians in Washington.
If these folks trash on the former president, there’s a strong possibility they could lose an important part of the vote they will need to take back the House and Senate in two years. This is something we just can’t afford.
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