In his speech during Wednesday’s congressional vote to approve the Electoral College’s vote in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham discouraged his Republican colleagues from voting against Biden’s election.
“All I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough…. It is over,” Graham said. “I prayed Joe Biden would lose. He won. He’s the legitimate president of the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States on January 20th.”
Elsewhere in his speech, he objected to Republican efforts to establish a commission to investigate President Donald Trump‘s baseless claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential elections.
“If you’re looking for a way to convince people, there was no fraud, having a commission chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts is not going to get you to where you want to go—it ain’t gonna work,” he said, referencing the Democratic House Speaker from California, the Senate Majority Leader and the Supreme Court Justice.
“It’s not going to do any good, it’s gonna delay, and it gives credibility to a dark chapter of our history. That’s why I’m not with you,” he said, adding, “but I will fight to my death for you. You’re able to object you’re not doing anything wrong. Other people have objected. I just think is a uniquely bad idea to delay this election.”
“Trump,” he continued, addressing the president directly. “We’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president. But today… all I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.”
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Lindsay Graham Makes Exasperated Plea To Colleagues To End It and Certify the Vote: ‘It Is Over’ The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.