South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said he accepts the 2020 election results and is ready to move on. Graham’s statement comes as former Republican President Donald Trump continues to unsubstantially claim that the election was “stolen” by widespread electoral fraud.
“I accept the results of the election,” Graham said after visiting Mauldin Paving Products in Taylors, South Carolina on Monday afternoon.
“I’m ready to move on,” Graham said. “2020 is over for me. I am ready to move on and hopefully take home the Senate house in 2022.”
Graham said he did not know many details about the audit of the electoral vote that was taking place in Arizona. He specifically pledged to support reform of “electoral systems” with voter identification laws and other verification systems.
“Lots of people voted by mail and numbers never seen before. Georgia has seen a dramatic increase in postal voting. So I think it makes sense to reform our laws to make sure you are who you say you are. be, ”Graham said.
Graham did not initially believe that Trump legitimately lost the 2020 election. Immediately after the national ballots confirmed Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory, Graham told Trump not to give in.
In November 2020, Graham was accused of calling Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ask if Raffensperger could invalidate all mail-order ballots from counties with high rates of signature mismatch. Graham said he was simply asking a question rather than trying to get the ballots rejected to help Trump.
However, on the night of the Jan.6 uprising during the Capitol Riots, Graham said Biden was legally elected. In Graham’s speech that evening, he also opposed Republican efforts to create a commission to investigate fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Graham’s comments on Monday came just days after Trump accused the “suppression ballot” of slashing the turnout in the 2020 election. Months before the 2020 election, Trump has repeatedly said that he could only lose if he was rigged against him.
Trump, his campaign lawyers and various Republican Party officials have repeatedly claimed that the election was stolen in many ways. They accused the voting machines of changing people’s votes, state and local electoral councils of “unconstitutionally” changing the voting protocol without legislative approval, the vote counters of accepting ballots. dead people and other unsubstantiated claims.
Over 60 electoral fraud cases were dismissed or withdrawn due to lack of evidence. Red and Blue states, including those overseen by pro-Trump Republican officials, have conducted numerous audits and recounts reaffirming Trump’s loss.
Two former heads of the Trump administration – former Attorney General William Barr and Chris Krebs, who headed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – also said there was no evidence that the election was stolen.
Trump has since said the election “went well” in the red states he won in 2020 and that voter fraud only took place in the states he lost.
Trump lost the 2020 election by more than 7 million popular votes and 74 electoral votes.
Newsweek has contacted Graham’s office for comment.