Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he would support Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the position of Senate Republican leader again if he can prove a “working relationship” with former President Donald Trump, who Graham said will win the White House in 2024.
“He’s the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan. It’s his nomination if he wants it, and I think he’ll get reelected in 2024,” Graham said of Trump during an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Jan. 13.
The senator said that those who want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate would have to have a working relationship with Trump.
Regarding McConnell, Graham said that his support of the incumbent Senate Republican leader would be conditioned on his “working relationship” with Trump.
“I like Sen. McConnell. He worked well with President Trump to get a bunch of judges, including three supreme court justices on the bench. They got the tax cuts passed working together,” Graham said.
“But here’s the question: can Sen. McConnell effectively work with the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump?” he told host Sean Hannity.
“I’m not gonna vote for anybody that can’t have a working relationship with President Trump, to be a team, to come up with an America First agenda, to show the difference between us and liberal Democrats, prosecute the case for Trump policies,” the senator said.
“And I’m not gonna vote for anybody for leader of the Senate as a Republican unless they can prove to me that they can advocate an America First agenda and have a working relationship with President Trump because if you can’t do that, you will fail,” he continued.
According to Breitbart, Graham is raising concerns about McConnell’s effectiveness and joining some other Republican candidates who openly campaign on replacing McConnell as Senate leader.
Eric Greitens, former Missouri governor and current Senate candidate, said that he would vote for new leadership if he won the election.
“We don’t need Mitch McConnell’s Senate Majority Leader. We need strong America First leadership in the Republican Party,” he said.
Kelly Tshibaka also said she “will not support Mitch McConnell as leader” once elected to the Senate.
“Mitch McConnell has repeatedly bailed out Joe Biden, giving him gifts of Senate votes, which are the only things keeping the Biden administration on life support,” she said.