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Trump Calls Lindsey Graham a ‘Progressive Senator From South Carolina’

Trump Calls Lindsey Graham a ‘Progressive Senator From South Carolina’
  • Previous President Donald Trump mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham at an event at Mar-a-Lago.
  • Trump identified as Graham a “progressive senator from South Carolina” in a speech Friday evening.
  • “He’s a progressive, but he is our progressive,” Trump was read indicating at a evening meal at Mar-a-Lago.

Former President Donald Trump mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham during a speech at a fundraising dinner, contacting him a “progressive.”

“There are a few of senators. And we have our progressive senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham,” Trump stated Friday at the Lincoln Day fundraising evening meal held by the Palm Beach County GOP at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago vacation resort.

“He’s a progressive, but he is our progressive,” Trump added.

Trump’s mocking of Graham arrived a working day immediately after information broke that Graham may well have threatened to find to invoke the 25th Modification to get rid of Trump from office environment all through the Capitol riot.

This was in accordance to excerpts Axios published from “This Will Not Go,” a new reserve by the New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns. Martin and Burns wrote that Graham designed a furious contact to the White Home counsel Pat Cipollone for the duration of the riot, where he manufactured that danger.

Graham has damaged with Trump on numerous challenges in new months. In January, he criticized Trump for floating the risk of pardons for Capitol rioters, calling Trump’s strategy “inappropriate.”

This prompted Trump to call Graham a RINO, a GOP insult that means “Republican in title only.” The expression has been applied often from Trump’s intraparty critics like Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

Graham, nevertheless, is identified as a staunch Trump ally and took credit score in January for conversing Trump out of holding a press meeting on the 1st anniversary of the Capitol riot. Graham also continued to voice his community support for Trump this 12 months, even expressing in January that he would not back Mitch McConnell for Senate GOP chief until McConnell had a “performing marriage” with Trump.