During an interview on Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that former President Donald Trump was excited to get back into the world of politics and “hit the trail” after the Senate voted to acquit him over the weekend.
“He’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party and is excited about 2022,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We need to unite the party. ‘Trump plus’ is the way back in 2022,” he said. “Donald Trump is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party.”
Graham also revealed that he had talked to the former President after the acquittal. “I said, ‘Mr. President, this MAGA movement needs to continue.’” Graham said, adding he plans on golfing with President Trump in Florida next week.
“My goal is to win in 2022 to stop the most radical agenda I’ve seen coming out of the Democratic presidency of Joe Biden. We can’t do that without Donald Trump, so he’s ready to hit the trail and I’m ready to work with him,” said Graham.
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The senator also said the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, can win the GOP nomination in the North Carolina 2022 Senate race to run against the incumbent Republican. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) was one of the seven Republicans to vote to convict Trump on Saturday and plans to retire in 2022. Lara Trump was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and went to North Carolina State University.
“My friend Richard Burr just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs,” Graham said, calling her the “future of the Republican Party.”
Burr blamed Trump for the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump supporters swarmed into the U.S. Capitol. “The President bears responsibility for these tragic events,” the senator said in a statement after the vote. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Graham also said during the interview that he would support a 9/11-style comission to investigate the events that took place on the January 6th riot.
“I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops?” Graham said. “We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again.”
“Could the president have done more? Yes,” Graham added. “Did he incite this riot by his speech? Absolutely not. If Donald Trump’s speech is going to be seen as incitement by a politician to call violence about every Democrat and Republican up here is in trouble but I’d like to know that. I’d like to know did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops? So I want to look at all of it.”