Senator Lindsey grahamLindsey Olin GrahamGarland Expected to Become Biden’s AG After Superior Court Delays Journalism Has Been ‘Jerry Springerized’ Considering Future of Impeachment MORE (RS.C.) said Monday that it discussed the 2022 election during a weekend meeting with former President TrumpDonald Trump, a former Florida officer arrested after a live broadcast from inside the U.S. Capitol During a breach, the FBI says Schumer says he is working to find votes to confirm that Biden’s election to the OMB Pence declined invitation to attend CPAC: report MORE which he had announced as part of an effort to unite a fractured party.
Graham, returning to the Capitol on Monday night, said they “just talked about the 2022 cycle.”
“He’s very invested in helping the team win,” Graham added, noting that Trump “made a lot of phone calls” and is “trying to get the best team on the field.”
An aide to the former president did not immediately respond to a question about the meeting and what, if any, approach did Trump make.
Graham traveled to Florida over the weekend to discuss the future of the Republican Party with Trump, who has indicated that he wants to remain the dominant force heading into the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential elections.
“I want us to unite as much as possible. I think we have to be united to win back the majority. … The worst possible outcome for the GOP is to keep arguing with each other,” Graham told reporters Friday. .
The meeting comes as high-profile divisions have emerged among Republican lawmakers, who are grappling with how to approach Trump following the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
Senate Republicans have signaled they are ready to move on, while acknowledging that it is far from clear that the former president or the party rank and file will allow it.
Trump lashed out at Senate minority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Schumer Says He’s Working To Find Votes To Confirm Biden’s WBO Election Pence Declined Invitation To Attend CPAC – Reports Garland Hoping To Become Biden’s AG After Superior Court Delays MORE after the Kentucky Republican said during a speech on the floor that the former president was “morally responsible” for the attack carried out by his supporters.
McConnell’s speech drew criticism from some members of the caucus, namely Graham and the senator. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson Journalism Has Been ‘Jerry Springerized’ Sunday Show Preview: CDC’s School Reopening Guide Sparks Debate; Texas fights Trump’s winter freeze ready to make McConnell’s life more miserable (R-Wis.), Who argued that he did not speak for the majority of Senate Republicans.
Republican agents have warned that a high-profile dispute could hurt the party’s chances of winning back the House and Senate next year.
Republicans have seen fierce Republican primaries cost them Senate seats they had hoped to win in previous cycles. And both McConnell and Trump have indicated that they are willing to enter the Republican primary.
McConnell and his allies are on the lookout for candidates who worry they may win a primary but not be eligible in the general election.
Trump has not said who he intends to endorse, although he has previously endorsed primary challenges against Republicans like the senator. John thuneJohn Randolph ThuneTop Companies Cut Candidate Donations by 90 Percent: Analysis Is the “Civil War” in the Republican Party Really Over? Thune: Trump Allies Engage In ‘Cancellation Culture’ By Punishing Senators Who Voted To Condemn MORE (SD), which rose in 2022.
He indicated during a strong statement against McConnell that he would back primary candidates who “advocate Make America Great Again.”
“When necessary and appropriate, I will stand behind the primary rivals who defend Making America Great Again and our America First policy. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful and compassionate leadership,” Trump said.