Graham made the remarks during an appearance on Fox News ‘latest addition’ Hannity. The senator predicted that Trump would be the driving force for a GOP takeover of Congress after host Sean Hannity asked him about Republicans who “don’t particularly like” the former president and who ” rather want to go back to the good old days of the establishment. ”
“I think you’re going to see, over the next couple of months, Donald Trump lead the Republican Party on politics and give us the energy we need to take back the House and the Senate,” Graham said. “Democrats are doing their part. If we could get behind President Trump and follow his example, we will win in 2022. If we talk to ourselves, we will lose. And there is no reason to lose. ”
The senator said Trump would display his policy-oriented leadership at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where the former president is scheduled to speak on February 28.The speech is expected to be Trump’s first main address since stepping down as the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
“Trump is going to give a speech on Sunday that will be very policy-centric,” Graham said. “Every Republican should rally around him. I think that will help us with the independents… I have never felt better than President Trump at the head of the party. ”
“He will position himself as the alternative to Joe Biden,” he added. “He, I think, will make a speech that will unite Republicans on politics. He worked the phones. I was with him all weekend. He wants to win in 2022. ”
When asked if Trump plans to run for a second non-consecutive term in 2024, Graham did not respond directly but responded “stay tuned.” Hannity insisted on the question, joking that Graham, a regular guest on his show, was risking his position as a future “correspondent” by not responding definitively. Graham joked that he would provide a straightforward response when he received his “first check.”
Trump’s speech to CPAC is expected to be delivered just weeks after his second Senate impeachment trial, for allegedly inciting insurgency during the Jan.6 Capitol riots in the United States, ended in an acquittal in because of the failure of the upper house to achieve a supermajority of 67 votes, voting 57-43 instead in favor of conviction.
Graham, one of seven Republican senators who voted against the conviction, has remained a staunch ally of Trump after his presidency. Prior to the former president’s victory in the 2016 election, Graham was a vocal opponent of Trump, calling him a “nutcase” who was meant to “destroy” the GOP.
Newsweek contacted the Republican National Committee for comment.