Graham defends McConnell following Trump’s scathing statement: 'Indispensable to Trump’s success'
Feb 17 2021
State and County Republican Party officials across the nation have censured or attempted to censure Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators who voted to Impeach former President Donald Trump and convict him for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Donald Trump has urged Republican senators to dump Mitch McConnell as their leader in the Senate following his withering criticism of the former United States president after his impeachment trial.
"You need Republicans going after him, people like Mitch McConnell willing to say it".
The letter followed McConnell's vote to acquit the former president in his second impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the Capitol riots.
Mitch McConnell pushed Trump's trial until he was no longer president then said you can't find a former president guilty in an impeachment trial (he's wrong).
It was also observed that before the trials, more Republicans thought that Trump was personally responsible for the Capitol riots.
"What I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party", th South Carolina Republican continued.
"I'm sorry what happened on January 6", Graham said even though he voted against convicting Trump for inciting the insurrection.
"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First".
After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - McConnell let loose, excoriating Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the United States legislature ransacked by his supporters.
Trump asserted Tuesday that McConnell's shortcomings had contributed to the party's loss of the Senate majority and alluded to his baseless claims of election fraud. "We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership". "Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement released by his political action committee.
Even before the siege happened, Biden was facing pressure over prosecuting Trump upon leaving office. "I think the idea that the Republican Party is just one swath ... it's just not nuanced". "His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended". We could sit here and talk about our problems with Donald Trump, but people who support him in little ecosystem bubbles, they don't hear us screaming that we're so fed up with what he did tonight and all of these things.
Among Republican senators who were in office for Trump's entire term, only Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky voted in line with Trump's positions less than Murkowski.
Presidents are historically afforded broad immunity from lawsuits for actions they take in their role as commander-in-chief but this lawsuit was brought against Mr Trump in his personal, not official, capacity and alleges that none of the behaviour at issue had to do with his responsibilities as president.