Graham’s remarks come as most Senate Republicans are expected to leave Trump on Saturday after completing his second impeachment trial. Graham has remained in close contact with the former president and spoke to him on Friday morning before his defense attorneys’ presentation.
The aftermath of the January 6 uprising has ripped open the simmering divisions within the Republican Party over Trump. Party leaders and ordinary members grapple with the influence the former president should have. Many Republicans have condemned his rhetoric, but few distance themselves from him.
Trump has made it clear that he wants to remain active in Republican politics. He threatens primary Republicans who aren’t with him, including the Senate minority whip John Thune (R-S.D.), And contemplates a possible candidacy for president in 2024.
“Trump has to work with everyone,” said Graham. “You have to bring your best team onto the field. When it comes to revenge and persecuting people you don’t like, we will have a problem. When it comes to bringing your best team to the field, we have a good chance of coming back. “