In an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that when all the dust has settled from Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, it may be none other than his daughter-in-law who walks away holding the prize.
“North Carolina, the biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial, is Lara Trump,” Graham said. “My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs. I certainly will be behind her because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party.”
Unlike several of his Senate Republican colleagues, some of whom will undoubtedly pay a harsh political price for voting to convict Trump on Saturday, Burr has shielded himself from voter retribution. He’s already announced that he will retire at the conclusion of his current Senate term, meaning that his North Carolina seat will be up for grabs in 2022. This will give Burr a pass from having to explain to voters how he could have voted to convict Trump despite voting earlier to declare the entire trial unconstitutional.
“When this process started, I believed that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who was no longer in office. I still believe that to be the case. However, the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent. As an impartial juror, my role is now to determine whether House managers have sufficiently made the case for the article of impeachment against President Trump,” said Burr in his labored post-trial statement.
As for Lara Trump, she would undoubtedly come into the race with plenty of funding, a powerful last name, and support from the single-most popular Republican in the nation.
“She would be formidable,” said Kellyanne Conway. “She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues, and raise attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger.”
And, hopefully, she wouldn’t be so quick to betray her voters for the sake of carving out a post-Senate career with MSNBC or the Lincoln Project or whatever leftist organization Burr wants to join when he’s hung up his boots.