If you’re concerned about former President Donald Trump’s state of mind after being acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial for a second time, don’t be.
According to The Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made clear in a Fox News interview with host Chris Wallace that Trump is feeling pretty good about how the impeachment trial proceeded and revealed that he’s “ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party,” adding that Mr. Trump is also “excited about 2022.”
The good news came on the heels of one of the fastest impeachments in American history. Though Trump came technically closer to a conviction this time with a 57-43 vote, he escaped unharmed and apparently more fired up than ever before.
Graham went on to say that Trump “was grateful to his lawyers,” though he admitted that the former president was “mad at some folks,” which was a revelation that Wallace immediately pressed, suggesting that one of the people Trump might be angry with is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell held his cards close to his chest throughout the impeachment proceedings, raising concerns in the party that he might lean toward voting to convict the 45th president. But that was settled in the final vote as the Kentucky senator joined his Republican colleagues and voted for an acquittal.
But that didn’t stop McConnell from tearing into Trump in a Senate floor speech shortly after the vote, in which he very clearly insisted that Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
“I think Sen. McConnell’s speech — he got a load off his chest but unfortunately put a load on the back of Republicans,” Graham said. He added that McConnell’s speech will be very attractive bait for Democrats to use in campaign ads for the 2022 midterm elections, especially for vulnerable Republican seats across the country.
Graham went on to assure Wallace that he believes McConnell’s feelings on the matter are not shared by a majority of Republican senators.
In recent weeks, Trump’s advisers, along with the former president himself, have announced that he will play an active role in bolstering certain Republican candidates in the upcoming 2022 midterms, as Politico reported last month.