Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sounded a warning Monday night that Republicans who “try to erase” former President Donald Trump from the GOP “are going to wind up getting erased.”
Graham joined Fox News’ “Hannity” after telling the same program last week that the Republican Party “can’t grow” and “move forward” without the 45th president playing a prominent role.
“The most popular Republican in America – it’s not Lindsey Graham, it’s not [Rep.] Liz Cheney [R-Wyo.], it’s Donald Trump,” Graham told host Sean Hannity Monday night. “People on our side of the aisle believe the Trump policies worked. They’re disappointed that he lost, and to try to erase Donald Trump from the Republican Party is insane, and the people who try to erase him are going to wind up getting erased.”
Graham spoke after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy formally scheduled a Wednesday vote to remove Cheney from her post as the House Republican Conference chair, the No. 3 position in the House GOP, over her ongoing criticism of Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats.
In a letter to House Republicans, McCarthy said the controversy over Cheney’s remarks about Trump was undercutting the GOP’s drive to retake the House in next year’s midterm elections.
“Unfortunately, each day spent relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future,” McCarthy wrote. “This is no time to take our eye off the ball … our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work we were elected to do and the shared goals we hope to achieve.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has received Trump’s endorsement to take Cheney’s place should the motion to oust her pass.
It’s impossible for this party to move forward without President Trump being its leader, because the people who are conservative have chosen him as their leader,” Graham said. “And you know why they chose him? Because he delivered. He was the most consequential president for national security since Ronald Reagan. He secured the border. He cut our taxes, brought a new attitude of being an American, and the people have chosen him, not the pundits.”