Lindsey Graham is urging her ally Donald Trump to stop promoting conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was rigged, saying on Sunday that the ex-president is “diminishing his chances” of being re-elected by doing so.
It comes on the same day that a new poll shows Republican voters unsure if they even want Trump as the GOP candidate in 2024, and even fewer Democratic voters who want President Joe Biden to run again. .
But, according to Graham, the Republican presidential nomination is “his nomination for the nomination,” unless he continues to make his defeat in 2020 the main focus of his platform.
“I am not running in the 2020 elections. I would like to reform the system. The issues we have identified in 2020 need to be addressed. But the 2020 election is over for me,” the Republican senator from South Carolina said on ABC News This Week.
“He has a great chance of becoming president again in 2024 if he starts comparing what he did as president with what is happening now and how to fix the mess we are in. chances.
Although he has not officially announced his re-election, the former president has repeatedly hinted that he is at least thinking of another campaign.
Graham, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in the Senate, recently came under fire as a “RINO” or “Republican in name” by the ex-president for breaking with him during the Capitol riot.
Trump, at a rally in Texas last month, vowed to pardon his supporters arrested for storming the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
This remark provoked an instant reaction from both parties. Graham, without mentioning Trump’s name, released a statement saying, “All Americans have the right to a speedy trial and their day in court, but those who actively resort to violence for any political reason must be held accountable and not should be forgiven.”
ABC host George Stephanopoulos asked Graham about their recent public spat and asked how the GOP senator thought Trump could change course now.
“Well, here is my statement on the situation with the president right now. He is the most powerful figure in the Republican Party. I think Biden’s approval ratings have dropped because his policies aren’t working,” Graham said, not responding to Trump’s insult.
“For the president to win in 2024, he must speak about the future. He should talk about how to fix the violated border, how to repair the damage done by Biden’s economic agenda, and how to make the world a safer place.”
He added that continuing to raise allegations that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of Biden would have party-wide repercussions.
Graham’s warnings to Trump came after a recently released poll showed that only 50 percent of Republican voters want the ex-president to run again in 2024.
Meanwhile, Democratic voters are increasingly drifting away from President Joe Biden.
“I believe that if he talks about what he is capable of and reminds people of what he has done in the past, he has a chance to come back,” Graham said.
“If he keeps talking about the 2020 election, I think it will hurt his cause and frankly hurt the Republican Party.”
Another prominent Republican MP who broke with Trump over the Jan. 6 pardon was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the event a “violent uprising.”
Ever since Trump left office, McConnell has become his favorite punching bag, and in recent months the ex-president has reportedly been working behind the scenes to rally support and oust McConnell from his GOP Senate seat.
Graham said Sunday: “Any Republican leader in the House or Senate should have a working relationship with President Trump because most Republicans like President Trump’s policies.”
He previously suggested that he might not support McConnell if he fails to reconcile with Trump.
“Many of us would like him to look forward, not backward. But he is very popular because he opposes all the things that most Republicans think should be fought against, ”Graham said of the ex-president’s popularity.
But not all Republicans seem to be feeling the way they do on Capitol Hill, according to a new CNN poll released Sunday.
Trump continued to make his allegations of election fraud at a rally in Texas last month, where he also promised to pardon his supporters arrested for storming the Capitol last year if he runs and is re-elected president.
A January-February poll showed that 50 percent of registered Republicans and right-leaning independent voters would vote for Trump, who becomes the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
However, 49 percent said they would prefer another candidate.
Among Republicans, support for Trump is slightly higher, with 54 percent hoping he will run again.
But only 38 percent of independent GOP supporters thought the same.
The weak attitude towards the main figure of their party is shared by the Democrats – even more those who hesitate about the second term of Biden.
Just 45 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they want Biden to be their nominee in 2024. 51 percent prefer another candidate take the presidential mantle.
Like Trump, registered Democrats are a little more receptive to another Biden ticket. However, unlike Trump, he fails to win much of their favor – only 48 percent said they would support another race.
The proportion of left-wing independents who will support Biden is about 33 percent.