US President Donald Trump has still not conceded the election to Joe Biden, but key allies in the Republican party have started to call for a peaceful transition of power. The president has few remaining allies in his corner, but Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the few GOP officials that is still urging Trump to contest the election results.
Graham said that Trump should not concede the election, because if he does, the Republicans will “never” be able to elect another president from their party again. Graham also called for a change to the election rules.
“If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again. President Trump should not concede. We’re down to less — 10,000 votes in Georgia. He’s going to win North Carolina. We have gone from 93,000 votes to less than 20,000 votes in Arizona, where more — more votes to be counted,” Graham said on Fox News this weekend.
Graham also asked for donations to help with the Trump campaign’s legal fees.
Graham also claimed that dead people voted in the election.
“What happened? The Trump team has canvassed all early voters and absentee mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, and they have found over 100 people they think were dead but 15 people that we verified that have been dead who voted. Here is the one that gets me: Six people registered after they died and voted. In Pennsylvania, I guess you’re never out of it,” Graham claimed.
Graham also urged Trump to consider a run for president in 2024 if his legal challenges on the election fail.
“I would encourage President Trump if, after all this, he does fall short. We just can’t quite get there to not let this movement die, to consider running again, to create an organization, platforms over the next four years. To keep this movement alive, growing the Republican representation in minority communities,” Graham said.
Initially, Graham was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s 2016 candidacy and repeatedly declared he did not support Trump. Much of this criticism had to do with the fact that Trump had a bitter rivalry with late Arizona Senator John McCain. However, after a meeting with Trump in March of 2017, Graham became a dedicated supporter of the president, often issuing public statements in his defense. His reversal caught both Democrats and Republicans by surprise and sparked widespread media attention.