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Lindsey Graham flies on Air Force One with the president – after saying ‘enough is enough’

Sen. Lindsey Graham jumped again on the Trump aircraft Tuesday as he accompanied President Donald Trump on Air Force One to the border wall in Texas.  

The journey comes after Graham broke with the president on Wednesday, refusing to hitch a Trump-backed effort to contest Electoral College counts as the vote was being licensed by Congress in the hours after the MAGA riot. 

‘All I can say is rely me out, sufficient is sufficient,’ Graham advised his Senate colleagues then. ‘When it is over it is over.’   



Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) was again at President Donald Trump’s (proper) facet as the president traveled to Texas for an occasion at his border wall 

On Wednesday, Graham explained that he would not be backing an effort to challenge Electoral College votes, whch Trump was pushing as a way to prolong his election loss

On Wednesday, Graham defined that he wouldn’t be backing an effort to problem Electoral College votes, whch Trump was pushing as a solution to lengthen his election loss 

Graham (third from right) said more recently that he was opposed to the effort to the get the president removed from office under the 25th Amendment or via impeachment

Graham (third from proper) mentioned extra just lately that he was against the effort to the get the president faraway from workplace underneath the twenty fifth Amendment or by way of impeachment 

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, is photographed during Tuesday's border trip with the president in McAllen, Texas

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, is photographed throughout Tuesday’s border journey with the president in McAllen, Texas 

‘It’s over,’ Graham mentioned. 

The South Carolina Republican’s cut up from Trump got here as a shock, as Graham has been a detailed ally of the president as soon as they repaired any hostilities leftover from the 2016 GOP presidential main. Graham was additionally briefly a candidate for president in 2016. 

In his Wednesday evening flooring speech, Graham mentioned he opposed the effort to problem sure states’ Electoral College votes – states the place teams of Republican ‘alternate’ electors had gathered to cast rogue votes for Trump – as a result of the tactic had been used after the Civil War as effectively. 

Graham defined that his house state of South Carolina was joined by Louisiana and Florida and despatched two slates of electors to Congress after the 1876 race. 

They did so to carry Congress hostage and power the physique to finish Reconstruction after the Civil War. 

‘It led to Jim Crow,’ Graham defined. ‘If you are searching for historic steerage, this is not the one to choose.’    

The South Carolina Republican additionally mentioned {that a} forming a fee to look into voter fraud, as some GOP lawmakers advised, would not do sufficient to alter minds. 

‘Having a fee chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts is not going to get you to the place you wish to go, it ain’t going to work,’ Graham mentioned. ‘It’s not going to do any good, it should delay and it provides credibility to a darkish chapter of our historical past.’ 

Graham did throw some compliments Trump’s manner, calling him a ‘consequential president,’ simply hours after the president incited the Capitol Hill riot. 

He additionally advised the chamber that he ‘prayed’ President-elect Joe Biden would ‘lose.’

But then admitted Biden gained the election. 

‘He’s the legit president of the United States,’ Graham mentioned. 

At a press convention Thursday, Graham mentioned he was towards utilizing the twenty fifth Amendment to take away Trump from energy on account of the violent mob, which killed 5. 

‘I don’t imagine that is applicable at this level,’ Graham mentioned. 

He added, ‘Now if one thing else occurred all choices can be on the desk.’   

On Monday, Graham additionally warned towards impeaching Trump for a second time, tweeting that it ‘will do way more hurt than good.’  

‘It is previous time for all of us to attempt to heal our nation and transfer ahead,’ Graham inspired.  

The House of Representatives will vote on a decision pushing Vice President Mike Pence and the cupboard to pursue the twenty fifth Amendment, which might push Trump out of workplace with only a week and a day left in his time period. 

With Pence unlikely to undergo with that, the House will doubtless vote on impeachment Wednesday. 

Currently the Senate is not set to return till January 19, a day earlier than Biden’s swearing-in. 

Graham did not communicate to reporters in the press pool Tuesday, however Trump did, lashing out at the impeachment effort.  

‘And on the impeachment, it is actually a continuation of the biggest witch hunt in the historical past of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s completely ridiculous,’ Trump mentioned. ‘This impeachment is inflicting large anger.’ 

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