Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has faced fierce opposition from the other side of the aisle throughout her career — especially since accepting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s offer to serve as his running mate.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) decided to give Harris a fist bump upon her return to D.C. this week, more than a few GOP eyebrows raised.
Graham’s move draws mixed reactions
Graham’s gesture came as some Republicans are inching closer to affirming mainstream media projections that Biden was the winner of this month’s presidential election.
President Donald Trump and many of his key allies, however, are focused on following up on various allegations of voter fraud and remain opposed to conceding the race.
For that reason, when Graham appeared to congratulate Harris, the move elicited mixed responses.
WATCH: Sen. Lindsey Graham gives Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a fist bump on the Senate floor
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“I haven’t seen her in a while”
What some observers saw as a simple act of bipartisan politeness came across as evidence of swampy behavior to others. After all, plenty of American voters believe Biden would be unlikely to serve a full term if elected, meaning his far-left vice president would take over the reins of the executive branch.
For his part, Graham told one Capitol Hill reporter that he was “just saying hello” to his colleague.
“I haven’t seen her in a while,” he said. “If it works out and they make it, I told her I wish her well and try to work where we can. We will know here in a month or so or less.”
While Graham has not formally recognized Biden as president-elect, he is among a growing number of Republicans who argue that the former vice president should receive intelligence briefings in lieu of a traditional transition between administrations.
“The president is contesting the election and I would urge him to give intel briefings to Joe Biden,” he said. “How much further to go? I don’t know. We’re gonna be fine at the end of the day. This thing will work itself out. It always has.”