When Republicans lost control of the Senate in the Georgia runoff elections earlier this year, they were confronted with a unified Democratic government, with President Joe Biden advocating an ambitious agenda that was diametrically opposed to former President Donald Trump’s conservative ideas.
According to a new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which Insider obtained an early copy of, Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke with Trump over the phone in late June about the significance of Republican victories in 2022, after Democrats had already passed a massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that was vehemently opposed by conservatives.
According to a conversation Woodward and Costa reported in “Peril,” while Trump has not yet formally announced if he will run for president in 2024, Graham argued that the previous president’s legacy is related to the party regaining control of Congress.
According to the book, the South Carolina Republican stated, “You can prosecute the case against Biden better than anyone.” “But you can’t do it while also whining about your defeat. The press is not on your side. They’re going to take a sentence from a speech you gave about 2020 and throw it out, along with everything else you said about how Biden is leading the country in the wrong path.”
Graham advised Trump that if he can assist Republicans win the few seats needed to reclaim control of the House of Representatives and the one seat needed to reclaim control of the Senate, it will help his legacy and provide him new political capital.
According to the book, the senator responded, “If we come back in 2022 and reclaim the House and win back the Senate, you’ll get your due share of credit.” “Trumpism, I believe, will perish if we do not retake the House and Senate in 2022. Your obituary will be published on January 6th.”
“If we don’t win in 2022, we’re done,” he said emphatically.
Graham went on to critique Biden’s policy failings, ranging from migration at the US-Mexico border to inflation, while also cajoling Trump by informing him that he could be a driving force behind the party’s potential 2022 victories in preparation for a 2024 candidacy.
According to the book, Graham remarked, “Mr. President, the greatest comeback in American history is possible.” “Because of the 6th of January, you’ve been declared deceased. The prevalent view is that the Republican Party has imploded under your leadership. It would be the greatest comeback in American history if you, as the party’s leader, could lead us to victory in 2022 and then return to take the White House.”
Trump has a large base of support among social conservatives, and he has continued to back Republican candidates around the country. With a Congressional committee presently examining the tragic Capitol incident on January 6, his actions on that day, as well as those of allies like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who aims to become speaker after the midterms, will be investigated in the run-up to the election.