For Sen. Lindsey Graham, the future of the GOP depends on former President Donald Trump.
The Senator expressed his thoughts during an interview he did with Sean Hannity of Fox News. The said interview aired on Thursday. With these statements, it is clear that Graham doesn’t agree with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is also the House Republican Conference chair. Cheney also insists that the Republican party should leave Trump behind it and move on.
According to Graham, the Republican party can’t move forward without the former president. He also mentioned that he liked Cheney, but pointed out that the GOP “can’t grow without” Trump, contrary to what she believed.
Cheney has faced efforts to remove her from being the third-ranked Republican in the House. This follows her public criticisms of Trump. In particular, she is known to publicly scrutinize Trump’s unfounded assertions. The former president insists that voter fraud happened and it’s why he lost the 2020 election.
Unlike Graham, Cheney Believes It’s Time to Move On From Trump
In an op-ed that rolled out on Wednesday, Cheney said the former president is trying to “unravel critical elements” of the country’s constitutional structures that let democracy work, which are the election results and the rule of law.
Cheney then went on to say that they must have the courage to defend basic principles that support and protect freedom and the democratic process.
Previously, Cheney is also known to be one of the ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
A month following the impeachment vote, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure Cheney because of the way she voted. It also asked the representative to “immediately resign” but she did not do so.
Graham, however, also recognized that Joe Biden was the true winner of the 2020 election during his speech from the Senate floor that he delivered hours following the Capitol siege.
Back then, Graham appeared to have suggested that the mobbing of the Capitol served as the last straw with regards to whether he stood by Trump and 2020 election fraud allegations.