South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said more is at stake in the 2020 presidential election than just who wins this year—but in every election here on out.
Graham, who won his re-election effort, said if President Trump and Republicans concede the election without verifying the integrity of the ballots then they could be setting themselves up to lose in 2024, in 2028, and beyond.
Republicans are “never going to win again,” he said via the Daily Caller.
“It’s the Wild Wild West when it comes to mail-in balloting,” Graham said during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“Everything we worried about has come true so if we don’t fight back in 2020, we’re never going to win again presidentially — a lot is at stake here,” he continued.
“There’s a lot of shenanigans going on here,” the South Carolina Republican added per the report. “If I were President Trump, I would take all this to court — I’d fight back — and from a Republican point of view, mail-in balloting is a nightmare for us. The post office is now the new election center.”
Graham also pushed back on the media calling the outcome while votes were still being counted.
“This is a contested election. The media doesn’t decide who becomes president. If they did you’d never have a Republican president forever, so we’re discounting them.”
The Daily Caller reports Graham pointed to smaller examples of voter fraud and suggested they could indicate a larger problem.
“But here is the one that gets me. Six people registered after they died — and voted. In Pennsylvania I guess you’re never out of it,” he joked via the Daily Caller.
The senator also suggested the count is continuing to change—in Trump’s favor—as more votes are being counted in Georgia.
“If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, they’ll never be another Republican president elected again,” he echoed. “We’re down to less than 10,000 votes in Georgia.”
He also claimed the media doesn’t “give a damn how Trump loses as long as he loses. They declared Biden the winner; they’ll never take any of this stuff seriously.”
The Trump campaign has not signaled any interest in conceding the election and has announced lawsuits in several states. They also encouraged the United States Supreme Court to look at a major legal case in Pennsylvania that could ultimately determine who wins the state’s 20 electoral votes.