May 10, 2021
In a May 6 appearance on Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) —Donald Trump’s frequent golf partner and protector—said that the GOP could not “grow” or “move forward” without the leadership of the former president, the HuffPost reports.
Speaking to Fox’s Sean Hannity, Graham weighed in on the looming GOP purge of the House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) from the party’s leadership team over her opposition to Trump’s claims of election piracy and his instigation of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
And he wasn’t all that sympathetic to her plight.
“Can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” he said on Fox News on Thursday night. “I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made the determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump. I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.”
The reaction was eruptive—and the pushback from liberals was immediate.
“He sounds like a ’90s R&B singer, like, ’I can’t go on, I can’t imagine my future without you,” said commentator Jason Johnson of Morgan State University on MSNBC. “As usual, Lindsey Graham has about as much political integrity and stability as a weather vane.”
And on Twitter, Graham’s critics were quick to similarly call him out: @darth tweeted at 10:11 p.m., “clearest admission the republican party is now merely a trump cult.”
Moments later, @JamesSurowiecki tweeted, “In two tries, Donald Trump never managed to get even 47% of the popular vote, and yet Lindsey Grahm thinks the GOP can’t live without him. That is such a grim commentary on the state of the Republican Party.”
And the next tweet, out of many, from @perryspeaks1, opined, “This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen. Lindsey Grahm clearly had his spine surgically removed. No other explanation.”
At press time, Graham had not elaborated on his messaging.
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