- CONSERVATIVE BRIEF - Jan 27, 2021 -
Even though some establishment Republicans have sided with Democrats in their support of an impeachment effort against former President Donald Trump, plenty of other GOP leaders are vehemently opposed to the idea.
In fact, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that even some Senate Democrats are souring on the idea based on its perceived political downsides to the effort pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“There’s more than a handful of Democrats praying that [President] Joe Biden will get on the phone and call [Senate Democratic Leader Chuck] Schumer and say it’s over because they understand this is going to blow up in their face politically,” he said.
The South Carolina Republican insisted that his party is largely united against the impeachment effort despite recent remarks by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s top Republican.
In the wake of a deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, McConnell said that he believed Trump had “provoked” protesters to storm the Capitol building, implying that he believed the then-president’s rhetoric constituted impeachable acts.
Following a recent meeting with the GOP leader, however, Graham declared that he had “never felt better about the Republican Senate conference being united behind the idea that what the House did was wrong in terms of process.”
While Graham had initially distanced himself from Trump in the immediate aftermath of the riot, he has since been vocal in his opposition to the impeachment effort.