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Graham says Trump can make Republican Party stronger – or ‘destroy’ it

Sen. Lindsay Graham says former President Trump can either make or break the Republican Party.

“He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know could make it,” Graham said in an Axios on HBO interviewed aired Sunday. “He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.”

Graham said that Republicans need to continue the policies that the Trump administration used and that he thinks it is easier to move forward with Trump than without him.

The South Carolina Republican also argued that one reason that Trump and other Republicans lost once-reliable Arizona in the 2020 presidential election was because the former president’s attacks on GOP Sen. John McCain, a war hero who died in 2018. 

“The main reason he [Trump] probably lost in Arizona was because of beating on the dead guy called John McCain,” Graham said.

Graham also said Trump is a mix of several people referencing the late-North Carolina GOP Sen. Jesse Helms, the late President Ronald Reagan and famous 19th-century circus and entertainment entrepreneur P.T. Barnum.

Graham is largely a Trump supporter but has had a back-and-forth relationship with the former president. Graham said after Trump refused to accept the 2020 election results and spoke at a rally minutes before the Jan. 6 Capitol Building siege, “Count me out. Enough is enough.”