The loyalty of establishment Republicans to President Donald Trump and, even more importantly, to Trump’s supporters is being called into question as the Trump campaign continues to fight questionable election results.
In the days following the election, many began to ask just where these establishment Republicans were – why weren’t they coming to the defense of President Trump and his supporters, particularly given the fact that a large part of these Republicans’ success can be directly attributed to President Trump and his supporters.
On Wednesday night, some of the Republican leaders finally made a public appearance. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for example, made an appearance on Fox’s “Hannity,” and he made it clear that he is not going to let the Democrats get away with any election tampering. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) took a similar stance later on “The Ingraham Angle.”
The loyalty of these two men appears unquestionable. But, the same can’t be said about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for example, who, other than a boilerplate statement saying that illegal votes ought not to be counted, has remained silent. That’s bad enough, but what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said has really upset some conservatives.
Graham, on Wednesday night, also made an appearance on “Hannity.” There, he said such things as he “stands with” President Trump and that illegal votes ought not to be counted. He also made a big gesture, donating $500,000 to the president’s legal efforts.
It was a convincing interview. Graham left Trump and his supporters convinced that he was right there with them. That was until Friday.
On Friday, Graham did another interview, and in that interview, despite all the questions surrounding the election, Graham talked about finding “common ground” with a Joe Biden administration, including on granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Graham also said that he would work with Biden to build a Cabinet.
“When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that,” Graham said. “The vice president deserves a Cabinet. I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of state, attorney general.”
“Selling out his voters”
This interview left conservatives confused. And, Fox’s Tucker Carlson called Graham out.
“I was particularly interested … in the comments of Lindsey Graham who just won reelection in the state of South Carolina because conservatives voted for him … the people around Trump put a great deal of pressure on Lindsey Graham to send them money, so after a day or two, he made a great show of sending them $500,000,” Carlson said. “But then on the issues that matter, Lindsey Graham immediately ran away from the ideas that he claimed to support and said that he would be happy to sell out his voters with an amnesty deal, like within hours of the election.”
“Who’s excited to greet our new corporate overlords? Who plans to collaborate, particularly who on the right side, the Republican side, the side that said it was defending you,” Carlson asked. “Who’s happy about all of this? That seems worth keeping track of just so we know who we’re dealing with here.”
Carlson, as usual, is right here: it is an important time for the Republican party. Voters are going to watch how Republican congressmen and women handle the current situation that we find ourselves in with the 2020 election, and they won’t forget come 2022 or 2024 or even 2026.