- After Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, the “Trump Whisperer,” still believed the party needed Trump to regain political power.
- The longtime Trump ally reportedly hit a nerve after delivering a hard truth on the phone. “You fucked your presidency up,” Graham said shortly before the former president hung up on him.
- “I think he’s redeemable,” Graham explained about Trump, according to Woodward and Costa. “I think he’s got magic, and I think he’s got darkness.”
Erin Snodgrass from Insider writes:
“As the Republican party struggled to maintain control following former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had dubbed the “Trump Whisperer,” believed the party needed Trump and his dedicated base to regain political power, according to an excerpt from a forthcoming book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that was obtained by CNN.
But the longtime Trump ally reportedly hit a nerve with the wounded president after delivering a hard truth.
“You fucked your presidency up,” Graham said to Trump in a phone call, according to Woodward and Costa.
Trump responded to the diss by abruptly hanging up the phone, CNN reported, citing the book.
According to the outlet’s coverage of the book preview, the two men spoke again the next day, and Graham told Trump he didn’t blame him for hanging up. But the South Carolina Republican did urge the then-president to focus on the future, not the past, in order to maximize the GOP’s chance at reclaiming power….”
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