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New audio tapes leaked by Lindsey Graham criticizing Trump

  • New audio has been leaked by Senator Lindsey Graham revealing his feelings about Biden and Trump.
  • In an interview after the Capitol riot, Graham is heard saying that he thinks Biden is the “best person” to have.
  • Graham has also been heard criticizing Trump in another tape, saying he “plays the video game” and “went too far.”

New audio tapes have emerged by Senator Lindsey Graham, a well-known Trump ally who criticizes Trump and praises Biden after the Capitol riot on January 6.

The tapes were played on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” during an interview with New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin. Martin interviewed Graham on January 6 directly after the riot, and the senator spoke candidly about then-newly elected President Joe Biden and former President Trump.

In the first audio clip, Graham said he thought everyone would “get stronger out of this.”

“Moments like this are reset. People will calm down. People will say, ‘I do not want to be associated with that,'” Graham said. “This is a group within a group. What this does will have a unifying effect for a while, (then) the country says” We are better than this. ”

He was then asked if Biden would help make it happen, to which Graham said, “Completely.”

“He might be the best person to have,” Graham is heard to say. “I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?”

In another audio tape played on CNN, Graham is heard saying in an interview after the riot that he thought Trump “misjudged the passion”, criticizing the former president’s actions.

“He plays the video game and he went too far here,” Graham said. “That rally did not help when we talked about primarily recording Liz (Cheney). He created a sense of revenge.”

Graham probably referred to part of Trump’s speech at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021, when Trump suggested that his supporters “primary hell” out of those who are not fighting to overthrow the election.

Graham is known for being a faithful ally of the former president. Graham, however, may have had a more complicated view of Trump. In Burns and Martin’s new book “This Will Not Pass”, they claim that Graham threatened to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office during the Capitol riot. Trump later taunted Graham, calling him a “progressive senator” from South Carolina during a fundraising dinner in March in Mar-a-Lago.

Graham has also publicly criticized Trump for hovering the possibility of pardoning Capitol troublemakers, calling Trump’s idea “inappropriate.” This then led Trump to call Graham a RINO, a GOP insult meaning “Republicans by name only.” The term has been used frequently against Trump critics such as GOP representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

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