- President-Elect Joe Biden told Stephen Colbert that he was disappointed with GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has not recognized him as the winner of the 2020 election.
- “Lindsey had a personal disappointment, because I was her personal friend,” Biden said.
- Graham, once a staunch critic of President Donald Trump, has supported the president’s lengthy legal efforts to reverse the election results.
- The South Carolina Republican was previously a close friend of Biden. In 2015, Graham stated that Biden was “as good a man as ever.”
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President-Elect Joe Biden on Thursday asked Stephen Colbert if he could save his relationship with GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is on a long list of congressional Republicans, still refusing to recognize the election results Huh.
“Lindsay was a personal disappointment, because I was a personal friend of hers,” Biden told Colbert.
“But look, I think I can work with the Republican leadership in the House and Senate,” Biden said. “I think we can work. And I think once it’s not on the presidency, I think you’re going to see its effect on the body’s political fade, and a lot of these Republicans feel There has been more escape and a place to cooperate. ”
Graham is one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress. Although the South Carolina Republican has a long history with Biden and was once considered close friend, he has not included his GOP colleagues in accepting the former vice president as the winner of the 2020 election.
On Monday, Graham expressed support for Trump’s legal efforts to reverse the election results. “Let’s see where the remaining legal challenges lie. But it’s a very narrow path,” said Graham, per Politico.
Trump and his GOP allies have won zero out of dozens of lawsuits aimed at reversing the election results. The president has claimed Biden won due to massive voter fraud.
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Electoral College certified Biden’s victory on Monday and was later congratulated by GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In a phone call leaked on Tuesday, McConnell denied efforts to prevent Congress from formally recognizing Biden’s victory to his Senate colleagues. The congress is set to hold a joint session on 6 January and confirm Biden to win the electoral votes.
Although Graham currently has close ties with Trump, he was singing a different tune during the 2016 campaign cycle. In a 2015 interview with CNN, Graham referred to Trump as a “race-biting, xenophobic, religious bigot”.
Graham said, “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”
In a separate interview with HuffPost in 2015, Graham praised Biden.
“If you can’t praise Joe Biden as a person, then you have a problem. You need to do some self-evaluation, ’cause, what’s not to like?” Graham said. He said that Biden was “as good a man as God ever was.”
Graham said of Biden, “He said the most incredibly heartfelt things anyone could ever say to me. He’s the best person I think I’ve ever been in politics.”
During that interview, Graham became passionate, speaking about Biden, who has gone through major personal tragedies, and said that people “should not accept relationships.”