South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham explained why he now supports President Donald Trump after vehemently opposing Trump’s candidacy in the past.
“I didn’t vote for him,” Graham said onSiriusXM’s “Michelangelo Signorile Show.” “But I accepted my defeat once he became president. I decided it’s best for me to try to help him… I think he’s been a very good president.”
When pressed by Signorile on the senator once characterizing Trump as crazy and out to destroy the GOP, Graham reiterated that while the South Carolina Republican didn’t support Trump’s run in 2016, the president has governed faithful to conservative values.
I didn’t like his campaign. Didn’t vote for him, but accepted my defeat and I don’t think the Republican Party has been more united than it is right now. If you’re a social conservative, he’s been a good pro-life president. If you like conservative judges, we have them in abundance. If you wanted to cut taxes, we did, and if you want a strong military, you’ve got it, best since Reagan, and I like taking the fight to the terrorists so I’m here to say that I was wrong and he’s proven to be a good president.
Signorile then asked Graham about freshman Utah Republican senator and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the sole Republican to cast a vote in favor of conviction in the president’s impeachment trial.
“What about Mitt Romney? [Trump’s] been taking out harsh retribution on him. You’ve been friendly with him. How do you feel about that?” inquired Signorile.
“I’m disappointed in his vote,” said Graham, adding that the entire impeachment process was a partisan sham from the beginning. “I never trusted the House process, but the vote is in and we’ll need Mitt’s vote going forward. Mitch McConnell said it best, ‘The most important vote is the one to come.’”
“I question Mitt’s judgement, not his motives,” Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican’s comments come after Romney has been hailed as a hero by Democrats and many in the press for defying his party in the Senate impeachment trial while drawing condemnation from Republicans who nominated Romney for president eight years ago.
Last week, Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment charging the president of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”