Are McConnell’s Days Numbered?
Having been an outspoken ally of former President Donald Trump, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that he would not vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.).
Speaking on Fox News‘s “Hannity” on Wednesday night, Graham revealed his beliefs that leading the Senate GOP necessitates following Trump, which McConnell wasn’t doing.
In the evening broadcast, Graham said that “elections are about the future” before saying that those who wanted to hold leadership in the House or Senate needed to “have a working relationship with President Donald Trump.”
The South Carolina Republican emphasized his statements, saying that Trump was the “most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan,” before revealing that the former President had the nomination adding Trump would “get reelected in 2024.”
But as the 2024 election is still two and a half years away, a more pressing focus is leading the Senate GOP. Speaking on the matter, Graham implied he wouldn’t vote for McConnell as the Kentucky Republican didn’t support Trump following January 6th Capitol riots.
Speaking emphatically, Graham remarked that he would not “vote for anybody for leader of the Senate as a Republican unless they can prove to me that they can advocate an ‘American First’ agenda,” he continued by saying those who would receive his vote would also need to “have a working relationship with President Trump,” before adding that lacking the latter would lead to failure.
Graham’s remarks come as the GOP gears to win back the majority in the House and the Senate during the midterm election. His statements also fall in line with Senate hopefuls who have expressed an anti-McConnell sentiment.