The Republican Party can not “move forward” without former President Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham is claiming in a brand new interview.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night, Graham (R-SC) made the feedback amid inner squabbles over the forty fifth president’s position in the way forward for the GOP, coming to a head as Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) seems poised to oust House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in management.
“I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” Graham stated earlier than mentioning Cheney immediately.
“I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump,” he continued, “I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.”
“If you don’t get that, you’re making the biggest mistake in the history of the Republican Party.”
Cheney is within the struggle of her political life as she navigates a flurry of major challengers for her Wyoming seat over her vote to question Trump and her continued rhetoric on the matter.
The No. 3 House Republican survived an try to oust her from management in February over her impeachment vote.
Her standing with GOP colleagues has weakened since then, as members grew pissed off along with her continued feedback concerning the previous president and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Her break up with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the scope of a 9/11-style fee on the riot, in addition to her revealing exclusively to The Post that she was mulling a 2024 White House bid, additionally drew the ire of management.
McCarthy was caught on a hot mic Tuesday afternoon stating, “I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”
While declining to make his help for Stefanik public, Punchbowl News reported Wednesday that the 36-year-old New York Republican was receiving McCarthy’s assist behind closed doorways.
Aside from McCarthy, Stefanik additionally has the backing of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and former President Trump.
In an announcement to The Post on Wednesday, Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine defined the choice as one about holding Republicans’ priorities in examine.
“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair.”
Later Wednesday, Trump launched an announcement expressing his help for Stefanik within the No. 3 position, and likewise blasting Cheney.
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership. We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First,” he stated. “Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”