United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R. SC), while speaking at Last Friday’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville, Tennessee, shared some of his thoughts about his relationship to former President Donald Trump. Graham had previously blasted Trump, saying during the early parts of the 2016 campaign seasons that “If we (Republicans) nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.”
On Friday, however, Graham was singing a different tune:
“You know what I liked about Trump? Everybody was afraid of him, including me.”
After Trump was elected and took office, Graham changed his mind on his feelings about Trump, which he acknowledged in his Faith and Freedom speech:
“The Chinese ambassador came in and said, ‘we’re trying to figure out Trump. I said, ‘take a number and get in line.”‘
“but here’s one thing I can tell you about him. Don’t cross him. Don’t you miss that? Don’t you miss an America that people respected and were a little bit afraid of?”
Business Insider notes that despite the back and forth and ups and downs of their relationship, the two seem to be on good terms last week, at least according to Graham’s own words:
“The two briefly butted heads earlier this year, following Trump stating that he would consider pardoning those sentenced for the Capitol riot if he was re-elected. Graham condemned the comments, and in response, Trump called him a RINO – Republican in Name Only.
Despite his continued public support of the former president, reports have suggested the senator has been more critical behind closed doors.
Graham reportedly threatened to seek to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office during the Capitol riot, according to an excerpt from “This Will Not Pass,” a book by the New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Last month, audiotapes were leaked in which the senator could be heard criticizing Trump following the Capitol riot, saying he “plays the TV game” and “went too far.”
However, it seemed that the two were on good terms on Friday, as Graham praised the former president, who delivered the keynote speech at the event.”