Over the last several years, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has often portrayed himself as a close friend and staunch ally of President Donald Trump — but it appears those days have come to a sudden and bitter end.
According to Fox News, Graham made clear Wednesday that he has no more patience for GOP-backed efforts to contest the results of the 2020 presidential election, saying plainly: “Enough is enough.”
“When it’s over, it is over. It is over,” the senator added in brief remarks on the Senate floor, as Fox reported.
The senator’s comments came after Congress reconvened to finish the process of certifying the electoral votes, which turned out 306–232 in favor of Joe Biden, according to the Wall Street Journal. The hearings had been interrupted by a mob of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol building, overwhelming police and leaving destruction in their wake.
“I don’t buy this”
The Wednesday attack on the Capitol left five dead, including one Capitol Police officer, ABC News reported. Following the chaos, Graham declared Biden that is the “lawfully” elected and “legitimate” president, and urged fellow Republicans to accept that result.
Though he conceded that Republican challenges to the Electoral College results were constitutional, the senator said he thought it was “a uniquely bad idea to delay this election,” Fox reported.
He also noted that challenges to the election results, based largely on allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities brought on by illegal rules changes, have failed in the courts repeatedly.
“I don’t buy this. Enough is enough. We’ve got to end it,” Graham said, according to Fox.
“We dodged a major bullet”
Graham also said Wednesday that he “hoped” and “prayed” that Biden would lose the election on Nov. 3. But, “he won,” Graham said. “He’s a legitimate president of the United States.”
The senator concluded: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become president and vice president of the United States on Jan. 20.”
As for the chaos that occurred Wednesday afternoon both inside and outside of the Capitol, The Hill reports that Graham spoke out in harsh terms Thursday against those involved in besieging the Capitol.
“They could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all. They could’ve destroyed the government,” Graham said at a press conference, according to The Hill. “We dodged a major bullet. If this is not a wake up call I don’t know what is.”