Lindsey Graham praises Biden and condemns Trump in newly released audio recorded during Jan. 6 insurrection

New York Times writers Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin, authors of This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America, appeared Tuesday on Anderson Cooper 360, where they revealed audio of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. As the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol was still going on, Martin interviewed Graham after they had been evacuated to a safe area. Graham’s views on the events of that day and President Biden were much different then than what he’s willing to say publicly today.

“We’ll actually come out of this thing stronger. Moments like this reset. People will calm down. People will say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with that.’ This is a group within a group,” Graham said. “What this does, there will be a rallying effect for a while, the country says, ‘We’re better than this.’” “Biden will help that, right?” Martin asked. “Totally, he’ll be maybe the best person to have, right?” Graham replied. “I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?”

When reached for comment, Graham’s office said that the senator no longer feels that way about Biden because he is pursuing “a far-left agenda.”

Burns and Martin previously released audio of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking of removing former President Trump from office in the days following the Capitol riot. The night of, McCarthy, Graham and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all blamed Trump for inciting the crowd to attempt an overthrow of the government. Graham also spoke of Trump to Martin, condemning the now-former president for his speech earlier that day.

“He’s misjudged the passion, he plays the TV game and he went too far,” Graham said. “That rally didn’t help, talking about primarying Liz [Cheney]. He created a sense of revenge.”

Anderson Cooper 360 airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on CNN.

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