Sen. Lindsey Graham has hit out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he won’t back McConnell to lead the GOP unless McConnell has a “working relationship” with former President Donald Trump.
Talking to the Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Graham slammed the Senate minority leader for his broken-down relationship with the former president.
“Elections are about the future,” Graham said. “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump.”
He added that he saw Trump as “the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan,” though Trump doesn’t currently hold any public office and has not officially declared a 2024 presidential bid.
“It’s his nomination if he wants it, and I think he’ll get reelected in 2024,” Graham said.
“I liked Senator McConnell,” Graham added. “But here’s the question — can Senator McConnell effectively work with the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump?”
“I’m not going to vote for anybody for leader of the Senate as a Republican, unless they can prove to me that they can advocate for an America First agenda and have a working relationship with President Trump because if you can’t do that, you will fail,” Graham said.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at McConnell. This week, he called McConnell a “loser” for defending GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who contradicted Trump’s claims seeking to cast doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election.