Lindsey Graham Issues Warning To GOP Colleagues In The Senate Over Wrath Of Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, warned fellow GOP colleagues in the Senate on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump will no doubt rip members to pieces who voted in favor of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deal to raise the debt limit, according to a report published by The Hill.
Graham, who was one of the speakers at the Senate Republican Conference, gave a talk during a private lunch where he shredded McConnell for putting members of the GOP in a position to get “shot in the back” over the deal he made with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, The Hill went on to say on Thursday.
McConnell, R-Ky., backed away from his earlier vow not to give in to Democrats and help them raise the debt limit, Graham told fellow senators. He added that the minority leader had “led them on a charge up a hill and they were getting shot in the back.”
One Republican senator told The Hill that Graham warned colleagues Trump “is going to be engaged on this issue.” A second person familiar with Graham’s remarks confirmed them to The Hill.
Other senators, though, told The Hill that it was unclear from Graham’s words whether McConnell was to blame for senators getting shot in the back. However, they agreed the comments were highly critical of McConnell’s handling of the debt limit situation.
Although he refused to offer details about his comments at lunch, Graham told The Hill on Wednesday that he disagreed with McConnell’s decision to cut a deal with Schumer to create a special legislative pathway on the debt limit.
“I think this is a mistake, but we’ll see what happens,” Graham went on to tell reporters for The Hill. “We’ve been telling our Republican base for four months, ‘[Democrats] are spending money by themselves, they should raise the debt ceiling by themselves through reconciliation.'”
“A lot of people believe that changing the rules so they [Democrats] can do it without reconciliation is helping,” he continued.
The South Carolina Republican then said that it was “pretty obvious to me that this will not be received well by the Republican faithful, including Donald Trump.”
Trump released a statement Wednesday delivering a brutal criticism of McConnell for giving Democrats until the middle of December to come up with a resolution to raising the debt ceiling.
“Mitch McConnell just folded on the Debt Ceiling, a total victory for the Democrats — didn’t use it to kill the $5 Trillion Dollar (real number!) Build Back Worse Bill that will essentially change the fabric of our Country forever,” the former president said in his statement.
Trump then added, “The Old Crow is a disaster!” making a reference to McConnell.
Well, he’s not wrong, is he?