Audio: Lindsey Graham calls Biden the “best person you can have” as president after Jan. 6 riot in Capitol

In newly released audio, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said President Joe Biden is the “best person you can have” to lead the nation after the Jan. 6 riots in the US Capitol.

On CNN Tuesday, New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin shared audio of an interview with Graham on Jan. 6, 2021, after rioters breached the US Capitol to disrupt the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election , which were declared Biden the winner.

The interview was conducted for Burns and Martin’s new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.

“We will indeed come out of this stronger. Moments like this reset. People will calm down. People will say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with that,'” Graham is heard saying in the audio clip. “It’s a group within a group. What that does is going to have a pep effect for a while, the country saying, ‘We’re better than this.’”

When Martin asked if the newly elected Biden would help unite the country, Graham immediately agreed, telling him that Biden might be the best person in the White House.

“Biden will help with that, right?” Martin asked.

“Absolutely, he might just be the best person around, right? I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?” Graham replied.

As it turns out, Lindsey Graham herself would appear very angry with Joe Biden a year later.

On the anniversary of the January 6 riots, Graham blown up both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for what he called the “January 6 brazen politicization.” in one speech On that day, Biden accused former President Donald Trump of instigating an “armed insurrection” in the Capitol to “prevent the peaceful transfer of power.” The President also used the anniversary of the riots to attack Republican-backed state election security legislation and to push for federal election reform that would reverse those laws.

“Today’s speeches by President Biden and Vice President Harris were more of an attempt to revive a failed presidency than to celebrate the anniversary of a dark day in American history,” Graham said called on January 6, 2022.

“Your brazen attempts to use January 6 to support radical electoral reform and change Senate rules to achieve that goal will not succeed,” he added.

Although Graham has called Biden a “friend,” he has also said Their relationship has deteriorated since the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I’ve known Joe Biden for a long time, I had a good personal relationship with him. He’s a decent man. But what he did in Afghanistan I will never forgive him. He’s got blood on his hands and he’s made America less safe,” Graham told Fox News last November.

in one Statement on The HillGraham’s office said he “has said repeatedly that the Joe Biden we see as President is not the one we saw serving in the Senate.”

“He pursued a far-left agenda as president,” Graham’s office said. Audio: Lindsey Graham calls Biden the “best person you can have” as president after Jan. 6 riot in Capitol

Laura Coffey

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