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Lindsey Graham says ‘enough is enough’ on Trump bid to overturn the election: ‘Count me out’

Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday voiced strong opposition to those seeking to block Congress’s approval of the 2020 Electoral College results, saying he would not support President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and plans to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect. 

“Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey,” Graham said on the Senate floor Wednesday night after lawmakers reconvened following the violent uprising at the Capitol from Trump supporters earlier in the day. “I hate it being this way. Oh my god I hate it … but today all I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. I tried to be helpful.” 

Graham, one of Trump’s strongest detractors when they were both running in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, became one of the president’s closest allies on Capitol Hill during his four years in office, helping him confirm multiple justices to the Supreme Court as a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Since Biden was projected as the winner of the election in November, Graham has given to credence to Trump’s claims that a “rigged” election led to an unfair result. 

“If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again,” Graham said just days after the election. “President Trump should not concede. We’re down to less — 10,000 votes in Georgia. He’s going to win North Carolina. We have gone from 93,000 votes to less than 20,000 votes in Arizona, where more — more votes to be counted.” 

But the South Carolina Republican has refused to join GOP efforts to challenge the 2020 vote in Congress, calling them a “political dodge” on Sunday.

Once the Capitol was cleared of the mob that had stormed the building earlier Wednesday, several Republicans who had indicated they would contest the election’s result decried the violent outburst and said they would no longer object to Biden’s victory. 

“I don’t buy this, enough is enough,” Graham said. “We gotta end it.” 

Trump has also pressured Vice President Pence, who is presiding over the joint session of Congress, to “come through” for him, a plea Pence said Wednesday he has no intention of following. 
 
“Vice President Pence,” Graham said, turning to Pence in the Senate chamber. “What they’re asking you to do you won’t do, because ya can’t.” 
Tags 2020 2020 election Capitol breach Donald Trump Joe Biden Lindsey Graham Mike Pence

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