In the realm of Washington politics, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has conveyed a cautious message to former President Donald Trump, urging him to avoid fixating on the 2020 election should he emerge as the Republican presidential nominee.
Graham voiced apprehensions that Trump’s persistent focus on historical events could potentially pose a threat to his prospects in the forthcoming 2024 electoral contest.
“I accept the election results of 2020. I’m worried about 2024,” Graham said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “If President Trump puts the vision out, improving security and prosperity for Americans, he will win. If he looks back, I think he will lose.”
“So, at the end of the day, the 2020 election’s over for me. We need to secure the ballot in the 2024 cycle,” Graham added.
However, Graham argued that Trump’s position is not unprecedented in the landscape of presidential candidates challenging election outcomes. He cited the example of Hillary Clinton, who previously asserted, in the aftermath of her defeat to Trump in 2016, that he was an “illegitimate president.”
“Hillary Clinton had the same view that she was cheated. He’s not the first politician to claim to have been denied a fair election,” Graham said.
Trump’s proclamations regarding the fairness of the election go beyond those made by Clinton or other recent nominees. Over the course of several years, he has persistently claimed, without providing concrete evidence, that widespread voter fraud significantly influenced the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.
Furthermore, Graham expressed disapproval of a recent verdict by the Colorado Supreme Court, which bars Trump from being listed on the state’s 2024 GOP primary ballot. The court’s decision was grounded in alleged violations of the 14th Amendment and accusations implicating Trump in the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, characterizing it as an act of insurrection.
“It is a political decision. The hatred of Trump is so widespread,” Graham continued. “This Colorado Supreme Court made a political decision. In my view, there is no constitutional basis for the decision they rendered.”
The forthcoming scrutiny of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling is on the verge of advancing to the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future. Graham, who stands as a staunch supporter of Trump in the forthcoming 2024 GOP primary, exuded confidence in the impending legal proceedings, anticipating a straightforward victory and projecting a comprehensive overturning of the prior ruling.
“Donald Trump will eventually be on the ballot in Colorado. I think he will win the primary,” Graham added. “But this ruling in Colorado is chilling to me and it would set up a politicization of the presidential races. It would be bad for the country.”