Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) conservative bona fides have again come into question amid the leak of an audio recording in which he can be heard praising then-President Elect Joe Biden, comments he is now scrambling to explain.
As Mediaite reports, CNN last week played the aforementioned audio of Graham talking with New York Times journalist Jonathan Martin, who has since co-authored about a book about the 2020 presidential election and its tumultuous aftermath.
In the recording, Graham expresses his apparent belief that Biden would be able to heal the national wounds resulting from the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest at the U.S. Capitol, saying, “We’ll actually come out of this thing stronger. Moments like this reset. It’ll take a while. People will calm down.”
“What this does, it’ll be a rallying effect for a while, where the country says, ‘We’re better than this,’” says Graham, to which Martin replies, “And Biden will help that, right?”
“Totally, he’ll be maybe the best person to have, right? I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?” the South Carolina Republican asked rhetorically.
Pressing Graham on the matter on Thursday was Fox News’ Jesse Watters, who remarked, “Joe Biden. The best person to have? Do you really believe that?”
The lawmaker was quick to declare his contrition, replying, “I was wrong. I’ve known Joe for 30 years. He’s a nice guy, but he’s been a disaster as president.”
Expanding on what he views as Biden’s most glaring failures, Graham added, “But not only has he failed to bring us together, he has made us less safe. He’s ruined our economy. All the bad guys are moving around the world. They didn’t do this on [former President Donald] Trump’s watch because they were afraid of him. Nobody fears Joe Biden abroad, and at home his policies are failing.”
Graham’s change of heart on Biden may well be sincere, given that he went so far as to call for the president’s impeachment last summer over the botched American withdrawal from Afghanistan, but it is difficult for many to shake the nagging suspicion that the longtime senator from the Palmetto State is simply too malleable to be believed.