Sen. Lindsey Graham spent the weekend in Florida at Mar-a-Lago with President Trump, where he said both of them worked on a scheme to reunite a fractured Republican Party ahead of the 2022 elections unified under Trump’s policies.
“He’s very involved in helping the team win,” Graham told reporters after arriving back in Washington, D.C. He added that Trump “made a bunch of phone calls” and is in the process of “trying to get the best team on the field.”
Trump and his advisers and surrogates have said he will remain active in GOP politics and will certainly be involved in “kingmaking” to primary RINO’s.
For his part, Graham told reporters on Friday he wants the party reunified.
“I want us to come together as much as possible. I think we need to be united around getting the majority back. … The worst possible outcome for the Republican Party is to continue to argue amongst itself,” he said.
But it’s also clear that if Trump is not interested in allowing the GOP to unify under the leadership of RINOs like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who benefitted from Trump’s backing last fall in defeating Democrat Amy McGrath, who was up, and by a lot, in polling until Trump’s endorsement came along.
In fact, the battle lines have been clearly drawn.
Following Trump’s acquittal in his second highly politicized impeachment trial, McConnell took to the well of the Senate to defend his ‘no’ vote but also to rail against Trump, accusing him of being “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 Capitol Building riot (he wasn’t, but that’s another story).
“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day,” McConnell said.
Trump fired back, “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.”
Subsequent reporting indicated that the now-Minority Leader has no plans to ever speak to Trump again.
All that said, Fox News’ Sean Hannity was prophetic when he summed up the current situation within the Republican Party: A GOP ruling faction that wants to move on from Trump and reassert bland, uninspiring sameness versus 99.9 percent of the party’s base, which is still solidly pro-Trump. And McConnell isn’t the guy to win those voters back.
“Senator McConnell would have more credibility with, now, his new eagerness to re-establish the Republican moderates and establishment wing of the party and repudiate President Trump, if he were consistent, but ultimately, this is why Americans voted for Donald Trump and not 17 other establishment Republicans,” he said.
“Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision. Too many politicians in D.C. are just far too willing to go along, get along, and protect the swamp, and that is why conservatives like myself, well, we’re tired of these empty promises, and your rehearsed speeches, and had never got anything done,” he added.
It’s key that Graham is actively plotting with Trump to keep and reassert “Trumpism” within the GOP.
And since his ideals are the ideals held by the Republican Party’s base, it seems pretty clear who’s going to win this little interparty rivalry.
And his name is not McConnell.
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