Sen. Lindsey Graham attends a panel discussion on the economy during the America First Agenda Summit on July 26, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC.
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US Senator Lindsey Graham believes former President Donald Trump has a “very good chance” of winning the 2024 US presidential election, in what he said could be one of the “greatest political comebacks in US history”. Is.
Speaking to CNBC on Saturday, Graham – a South Carolina Republican and a close ally of Trump – said he had advised the former president that he had “no chance” of winning the election in 2020, but added that by 2024 was within his reach.
“I’m really going to tell you what I tell her,” Graham told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy.
“If you lose again, the history of who you are and what you did changes dramatically,” he said. “If you come back, it will be the biggest political comeback in American history. And if you get four more years, you can do big things.”
Graham, who is currently facing calls to testify in a criminal investigation related to Trump’s efforts to reverse the 2020 election, said Trump is now able to position himself as the president of hope and action. as the political and economic climate deepens under President Joe Biden. ,
Here’s what Trump can say, Graham said.
“Well, you’ve lived four years of it. You get a chance to start all over again,” he said.
“Remember me? I may not be your cup of tea, but when I was president, our border was secure, we had the fewest illegal crossings in 40 years. I did it,” he continued.
“When I was president, I stood before China and they listened. When I was president, we had the strongest army since Ronald Reagan. When I was president, I destroyed the caliphate. When I was president, We had conservative judges, not liberal judges. They have a story to tell,” Graham said.
Ultimately, however, Graham acknowledged that it may take longer than policy pledges for Trump to garner support among American voters.
“Their problem is personal,” he said. “His policies have stood the test of time. But have they spoiled the American people in terms of their personalities? … Time will tell.”
Graham’s comments come as Trump is under investigation for possible violations of laws related to espionage and obstruction of justice, most notably about his treatment of classified White House records that he shared with him in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. were taken to the residence.
The senator has been critical of the FBI’s investigation, accusing the intelligence service of double standards in its treatment of Trump v. Hillary Clinton, which as secretary of state was the subject of a separate investigation into the use of a private email server. Trump’s critics argue that the two cases are not comparable.
Graham reiterated on Saturday that there would be “riots in the streets”. If Trump is prosecuted, however, he separately condemned the violence seen during the January 6 Capitol storm.
Last Thursday, a federal judge on Thursday Graham’s latest attempt to challenge a summons denied for his testimony before a special grand jury in Georgia, which is investigating possible criminal election interference trump and his associates in 2020,
However, the judge limited the scope of the subpoena by ordering that Graham not be questioned about phone calls made between Trump and Biden to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger and his staff in the weeks following the November 2020 election May go.
It follows Graham’s continued bids to avoid testifying on the grounds that his status as a lawmaker grants him an exemption under the “speech or debate” clause of the US Constitution.