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Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet to end the distracting sideshow as Republicans work to win the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections

  • Lindsey Graham tries to place peacemaker between Trump and McConnell
  • Moves come ahead of 2022 midterms as Republicans try to retake the Senate
  • Some Combat Concerns Can Hurt Party Chances
  • Trump and McConnell have had a growing rift since McConnell said Trump was ‘morally responsible’ for January 6 uprising










Lindsey Graham tries to play peacemaker between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, as Republicans try to retake control of the Senate.

Republicans feared that a GOP primary clash between Trump-backed candidates and McConnell-backed candidates would be a loss-making proposal for the party. Many fear the fighting between the parties will hurt them at the ballot box next November.

Two senators said: The hill newspaper that Graham was trying to smooth things out between the two men, whose rifts have widened as Trump left office and lobbied for attack after attack on McConnell, which would destroy Trump’s attempt to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, did not support.

“Lindsey was with the president last weekend. As far as I understand, Trump said something complimentary about Mitch,” said a Republican senator, describing Graham’s efforts to help bury the hatchet between McConnell and Trump.

Another senator confirmed that The hill that Trump admitted to Graham that McConnell had indeed helped him at key moments, even though Trump now regularly bashes McConnell in public statements.

The Senate currently sits on a 50-50 split. Republicans are defending 20 seats, including two in states that Joe Biden won in 2020, while Democrats are defending 14 and none in states supported by Trump.

Lindsey Graham tries to play peacemaker between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell ahead of 2022 midterm elections

McConnell and Trump have been feuding since the Republican senator from Kentucky took to the Senate floor on Jan. 6 to say Trump was “morally responsible” for the MAGA riots earlier that day.

But McConnell did wait to bring Trump’s second impeachment trial to the Senate until after the then-president resigned.

He has not voted to impeach Trump and has not publicly criticized the former president since Jan. 6. He also refrains from answering Trump’s barbs.

Trump blamed McConnell for Republicans losing control of the Senate in January 2021 when two Georgia Senate special elections went for Democrats, making Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer the majority leader.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was looking for a Republican to challenge McConnell as leader of the Republicans in the Senate.

Trump called Senate allies and other supporters to see if they, too, thought it was time for a leadership change, but lawmakers and their aides said there was apparently little interest in finding a Republican from Kentucky to fight McConnell.

Donald Trump

Mitch McConnell

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have grown rift since McConnell said Trump was ‘morally responsible’ for January 6 uprising

In addition, in late August, Trump lashed out at McConnell for giving President Joe Biden a victory by passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“No one will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has already given up his influence for the big whopper of a bill that will follow. I’ve quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics — now I don’t have to be silent,” Trump said in a statement.

“He’s working so hard to get Biden a win, now they’re going for the big one, including the biggest tax hikes in our country’s history,” the former president added.

Graham has his own up-and-down relationship with Trump, but is seen as the closest Senate Republican to the former president.

“I have to go,” Graham told The Hill, scrolling through his smartphone when asked about Trump’s relationship with McConnell.

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