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Graham: Trump 'mad at some folks' but 'ready to move on'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Georgia DA investigating Trump taps racketeering expert for probe: report GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-S.C.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s most vocal Senate allies, on Sunday defended his vote to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial and said he had spoken to the former president, who is “ready to move on.”

Trump "was grateful to his lawyers" and "appreciated the help that all of us provided," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday," adding that the former president was "ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party" and "excited about 2022."

Graham conceded the former president was “mad at some folks,” prompting host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE to ask whether that included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (R-Ky.), who voted to acquit Trump but made a floor speech suggesting he believed him to have incited the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

“I think Sen. McConnell’s speech — he got a load off his chest but unfortunately put a load on the back of Republicans,” Graham said. “That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns. I would imagine if you’re a Republican running in Georgia, Arizona, New Hampshire, where we have a chance to take back the Senate, they may be playing Sen. McConnell’s speech and asking you about it if you’re a candidate.”

Graham added, “I think [McConnell’s] speech was an outlier regarding how Republicans feel about all this.”

Wallace specifically pressed Graham on a reported phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy sits for 'Green Eggs and Ham' reading: I 'still like' Dr. Seuss Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Watch live: McCarthy holds press briefing MORE (R-Calif.) in which the former president told McCarthy the rioters at the Capitol “care more about the election” than McCarthy did, which Graham dismissed as “hearsay.”

Graham said Trump “bears responsibility of pushing narratives about the election that I think are not sound and not true” in reference to the former president's repeated claims about election fraud but said those claims were “politically protected speech.”