While President Donald Trump’s path to a second term appears to grow narrower with each passing day, pundits on both sides of the aisle remain focused on the outcome of a pair of run-off Senate races that could prove to be among the most significant in modern American history.
With the balance of power hanging in the balance, Sen. Lindsey Graham is warning of a “trifecta from hell” if Democrats emerge victorious with a majority in the House and Senate — not to mention former Vice President Joe Biden’s likely successful White House bid.
Graham vs. Sanders
He sounded the alarm on Monday during an appearance on the Fox News Channel.
Referring to the probability of a Biden administration and another House term with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) serving as speaker, Graham stressed the perceived importance of preventing Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) or another Democrat from attaining the title of Senate majority leader.
Appearing in a segment of Hannity alongside former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Graham explained that if the GOP loses both upcoming run-off races in Georgia, the Democratic Party would achieve a 50-50 tie in the Senate.
Should the chamber be evenly split, any tie-breaking votes would go to the vice-president, who would be Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in a prospective Biden administration.
Using himself as an example, Graham told viewers that he would be leading the Senate Budget Committee if his party retains control of the Senate. If Democrats achieve a majority, however, the chairmanship would likely go to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I’m worried as we speak tonight”
“I may not be your cup of tea out there,” the South Carolina senator said. “But let me tell you this, I’m a hell of a lot better than Bernie Sanders when it comes to your money.”
He went on to insist that Senate Republicans will act as the last line of defense against a radical leftist agenda.
“The fate of the republic really lies in the hands of our friends in Georgia … I’m worried as we speak tonight,” Graham said.
The Georgia run-off elections for both of the state’s Senate seats are slated for Jan. 5. A staggering 762,000 absentee ballots have already been requested in the race, according to The Hill, which could signal higher-than-usual support for the Democratic candidates.
Graham has already put his money where his mouth is in stressing the importance of these races, announcing shortly after securing his own re-election that he would be transferring at least $1 million from his own campaign coffers to the races of the Republican candidates in the Georgia races.