Lindsey Graham says that he wants Donald Trump to run again in 2024, just a few days after the former president trashed him
Senator Lindsey Graham (left) said he would like former President Donald Trump (right) to run again in 2024. Getty Images
Lindsey Graham told a crowd of Michigan Republicans that he hopes Donald Trump will run again in 2024, according to The Detroit News.
Three days earlier, Trump had ravaged Graham, saying South Carolina lawmakers should be "ashamed".
Graham was a constant ally of Trump, initially an outspoken critic of the former president.
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Senator Lindsey Graham told a crowd in Michigan Saturday night that he hopes former President Donald Trump will run again in 2024, according to The Detroit News.
On the second day of the Mackinac Republican Party's leadership conference, The Detroit News reported that Graham caused cheers from the crowd as he shared his hopes for Trump's political future.
"I don't think Trump is listening. He could be," Graham reportedly said. "I hope President Trump runs again."
The comments come three days after Graham was ravaged by the former president - a "recurring ally" of his.
Earlier this week, new allegations surfaced that Graham and Senator Mike Lee had personally investigated Trump's allegations that the 2020 election had been stolen. According to Peril, a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Graham found the evidence presented to him to be elementary and appropriate for "third grade".
Trump responded to the new claims by declaring his Save America PAC on The Hill on Wednesday night criticizing South Carolina lawmakers.
"I spent virtually no time with Senators Mike Lee from Utah or Lindsey Graham from South Carolina talking about the fraud in the 2020 presidential election or, as many see it, the 'crime of the century'," the newspaper said Explanation. "Lindsey and Mike should be ashamed of not delivering the fight necessary to win."
In the statement, Trump also accused him of "letting the Democrats get away with the biggest electoral fraud in history".
Graham didn't specifically respond to Trump's taunts on Saturday night, The Detroit News reported, but said the former president may be "a handful" and suggested he "turn it down a notch."
He added that in recent years they have found common ground. "I like him and he likes him," joked Graham to the crowd.
Graham was initially an outspoken critic of Trump. He described him in the 2016 election as a "madman", "racial fanatic" and "the most flawed candidate in the history of the Republican Party".
They eventually smoothed the rifts in their falling out relationship during a meeting in 2017, the New Yorker said, and Graham became a trusted ally of the former president.
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