Lindsey Graham said Biden would be “the best” after January 1st. 6 President: Audio

It should come as no surprise that when the Capitol Police evacuated Congress following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Lindsey Graham had politics on his mind. The South Carolina senator specifically thought about how the insurgency could rally the nation and who would be the best president to lead the nation through the healing process.

It wasn’t Donald Trump.

New audio provided by Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin of CNN Tuesday night The New York Times reveals that Graham was relieved that Biden would take Trump’s place in office after the Jan. 6 attack. Here is an excerpt:

Graham: “We’re actually going to come out of this stronger. Moments like this reset. It will take a while. People will calm down. become people [say]: ‘I don’t want to be associated with that.’ This is a group within a group. What this does is going to have a rally effect for a while, with the country saying, ‘We’re better than this.’”

Martin: “And Biden will help, right?”

Graham: “Yeah, totally. He might just be the best person to have, right? I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?”

In contrast to the audio leaked by Burns and Martin of Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority leader who blasted Trump after the attack, Graham’s audio was recorded on Jan. 6 as Capitol police were still trying to seal the building clear. The comments also came from an interview Martin conducted with Graham, not a recording of a phone conversation that was leaked to him.

The attack on the Capitol may have rallied the nation “for a while,” but that “tub” certainly didn’t last as long as Graham might have imagined. Republican lawmakers and conservative media returned to supporting Trump within weeks, if not sooner, and in the year after the attack, the party has embraced him. The Republican National Committee earlier this year described it as “legitimate political discourse.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) earlier this week called it a “peaceful protest” after previously calling it a “violent riot.”

Cruz did this while speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News. Graham was a guest on the same show and, wouldn’t you know, praised Trump’s handling of the attack, saying the former president “knew when to say it [the rioters] Trump famously waited hours before tweeting for his Capitol supporters to “go home.” “We love you,” Trump added. “You are very special.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/lindsey-graham-jan-6-biden-best-president-1351647/ Lindsey Graham said Biden would be “the best” after January 1st. 6 President: Audio

Brian Lowry

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