This MAGA Movement Needs To Continue: Lindsey Graham Calls …

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This MAGA Movement Needs To Continue: Lindsey Graham Calls …

Sen. Richard Burr was one of seven Republicans who voted to convict former President Trump on Saturday. He has said he will retire after his term ends in …
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One day after joining 42 other Republican senators in a vote to former President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) spoke triumphantly about Trump’s future role in the GOP, going as far to claim the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was a lock for the party nomination in the North Carolina 2022 Senate race. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrives before the fifth day of the Senate Impeachment trials for former … [+] President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate will hear closing arguments and possibly vote on whether to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds – Pool/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Graham—who again said Trump deserves no blame for the riot—said the party would need to find a way to “work with” the former president: “Donald Trump is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party,” Graham said. 

The South Carolina lawmaker said he spoke to Trump on Saturday, hours after the impeachment trial vote, and Trump said he was “ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party.”

Graham called on Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, to run for Sen. Richard Burr’s (R) seat in North Carolina. 

Burr, one of the seven Republicans to vote to convict Trump on Saturday, has said he will retire in 2022, and Lara Trump was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and went to North Carolina State University.

“My friend Richard Burr just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs,” Graham said, before endorsing her potential candidacy and calling her the “future of the Republican Party.”  

Graham has previously any Republican who defied the former president would be “erased” from the party, a sentiment Trump himself has echoed: “President Trump, you need to build the Republican Party stronger,” Graham said Sunday, adding, “I’m into winning.” 

Crucial Quote

“The President bears responsibility for these tragic events,” Burr in a statement after the vote. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Surprising Fact 

After the vote, the North Carolina GOP Burr, calling the vote “shocking and disappointing.” In an Instagram Live on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, said Burr had no “balls.” 

What To Watch For 

Whether Lara Trump enters the North Carolina race, as has been . Mark Walker, a former North Carolina Republican congressman, has also thrown his hat in the ring and picked up several endorsements, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.). “Wrong vote, Sen. Burr,” Walker in a tweet after the vote Saturday. “I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator.”

Key Background 

Along with Burr, six other Republicans voted to convict Trump on Saturday, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted to acquit Trump before him as “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events” on January 6 in a speech moments later. 

Chief Critic 

“I think his speech is an outlier regarding what Republicans think of all this,” Graham said of McConnell’s speech after the vote. One day after the riot, Graham, too, criticized Trump, saying: “When it comes to accountability the president needs to understand that his actions are the problem, not the solution. That the rally yesterday was unseemly. It got out of hand.”

Tangent

Slamming the trial as a “joke,” Graham claimed during the interview Vice President Kamala Harris would be impeached if Republicans take back the House in 2022. “If you use this model,” Graham said, referring to Democrats’ impeachment of Trump, “I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached…because she actually bailed out rioters.” In June, during the height of the George Floyd protests, Harris tweeted in support of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit that assists people who need cash for bail, though records show very few people at the protests were actually released from jail, .  

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