Depending on what day of the week it is, Senator Lindsey Graham is either Donald Trump’s closest friend or biggest critic.
For example, in the soon-to-be-released expose by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, this newest description of the South Carolina Republican’s reaction to Trump’s charges of voter fraud. Graham was first contacted about the legitimacy of Trump’s legal claims if his election interference conspiracy theories made it to the higher courts, according to a preview of the upcoming book. Graham reportedly visited with Trump’s former attorney Rudy Guiliani only days before the insurgency on January 6th, demanding proof of widespread voter fraud, which Guiliani was unable to produce convincingly.
“Give me some names,” Graham reportedly pressed Guiliani and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. “You need to put it in writing. You need to show me the evidence.”
When Trump’s legal team did hand over evidence — in the form of questionable memos deemed “inconsistent” and “sloppy” by Graham’s own lawyer — the GOP leader delivered a damning assessment of Trump’s argument. He was reportedly quoted as saying the claims were “suitable for third grade.”
Of course, as nice as it is to see Trump’s henchmen turn on him once he’s been removed from power, it’s probably best not to applaud Graham’s brief change of heart, given that the fairweather politician is now firmly back on Team Trump’s side and actively assisting him in the launch of future political campaigns. Instead, it’s important highlighting how many GOP Trump supporters privately despise the man they’re supporting.