In doing so, Mr. Graham also made clear he disagrees with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the chair of the House Republican Conference, and her insistence that their party leave the former president behind it.
Ms. Cheney, the third-ranked Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, has faced efforts to oust her from that role in recent days over her repeated public criticisms of Mr. Trump, particularly of his unfounded assertions that voter fraud was responsible for his failed reelection bid.
“Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law,” she wrote in an op-ed this week.
“We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process,” Ms. Cheney said to fellow Republicans in the editorial published Wednesday.
Previously, Ms. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump for inciting an insurrection after supporters of the then-president stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
A month later, the Wyoming Republican Party overwhelmingly voted to censure Ms. Cheney as a consequence of her having voted to impeach Mr. Trump and asked for her to “immediately resign.” She did not.
Mr. Graham, for his part, recognized Democrat Joseph R. Biden as the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election during a speech he gave from the Senate floor hours after the Capitol building was stormed.
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