Senator Lindsey Graham said it’s impossible for the GOP to move forward without Donald Trump as its leader, warning that those trying to “erase” the party of the former President might themselves be “getting erased.”
Graham’s comments came just before House Republicans voted on Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership for lack of party unity and consistent attacks on Trump and his supporters.
The South Carolina Republican spoke earlier this week with Fox News host Sean Hannity regarding the future of the party.
“It’s impossible for this party to move forward without President Trump being its leader, because the people who are conservatives have chosen him as their leader,” Graham stated. “And you know why they chose him? Because he delivered.”
He then began listing off several conservative victories under the Trump administration – including national security, border security, tax cuts, and pride in America.
Lindsey Graham on Trump: “The people who are trying to erase him are going to wind up getting erased.” pic.twitter.com/oNxbjOLeF5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 11, 2021
Graham: Anti-Trump Republicans Are Going to End Up Getting Erased
Senator Lindsey Graham also issued an ominous warning against anti-Trump Republicans like Liz Cheney, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
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“The most popular Republican in America—it’s not Lindsey Graham, is not Liz Cheney, it’s Donald Trump,” he told Hannity.
“To try to erase Donald Trump from the Republican party is insane,” he added. “And the people who try to erase him are going to wind up getting erased.”
Graham went on to say that conservatives are disappointed that he lost the election because they “believe that Trump’s policies worked.”
This Lindsey Graham quote on Trump is very telling:
“If you tried to run him out of the party, he’d take half the party with him.” https://t.co/BhPFOacF9Y
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 10, 2021
Cheney Ousted From GOP Leadership
Graham specifically commented on the embattled Representative Cheney whose leadership role was terminated on Wednesday.
Cheney was removed for her unwillingness to unite the party and instead attack Trump at every turn.
“I’ve always liked Liz Cheney but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump,” he said. “I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.”
Graham made clear he disagrees with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the chair of the House Republican Conference, and her insistence that their party leave the former president behind it.https://t.co/TCEPxnSGKj
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 7, 2021
Cheney has refused to unite a Republican party that includes Trump supporters. Instead, she insults them.
She has accused Trump voters of believing “the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, has gone after colleagues in her own party who supported the former President, and vowed to campaign on impeaching him “every day of the week.”
In an op-ed for the Washington Post last week, Cheney encouraged Republicans not to embrace Trump’s “cult of personality.”
That is not somebody who belongs in a leadership role.
Romney, as you might imagine, disagrees.
Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 10, 2021
“Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie,” he asserted.
“As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: ‘I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.’”
Trump issued a statement referring to Cheney as a “big-shot warmonger” and Romney as a “stone-cold loser.”
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