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Trump 2024 Presidential bid a fantastic political comeback says Sen Graham

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Sen. Lindsey Graham participates in a panel discussion on the economy throughout the America First Agenda Summit, on the Marriott Marquis hotel on July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham believes that former President Donald Trump stands a “pretty good probability” of winning the 2024 U.S. presidential election, in what he said may very well be one among the “biggest political comebacks in American history.”

Talking to CNBC Saturday, Graham — a South Carolina Republican and shut ally of Trump — said he had advised the previous president that he had “no probability” of winning the election in 2020, but added that 2024 was inside his reach.

“I’m literally telling you what I tell him,” Graham told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick on the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy.

“In case you lose again, the history about who you might be and what you probably did dramatically changes,” he said. “In case you come back, it is going to be one among the best political comebacks in American history. And should you get 4 more years, you possibly can do big stuff.”

The potential to do ‘big stuff’

Graham, who’s currently facing calls to testify in a criminal probe related to Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, said Trump would now give you the chance to position himself because the president of hope and motion because the political and economic climate darkens under President Joe Biden.

Here’s what Trump might say, said Graham.

“Alright, you have lived through 4 years of this. You get a probability to start out over,” he said.

“Remember me? I might not be your cup of tea, but after I was president, our border was secure, we had the bottom illegal crossings in 40 years. I did it,” he continued.

“After I was president, I stood as much as China they usually listened. After I was president, we had the strongest military since Ronald Regan. After I was president, I destroyed the caliphate. After I was president, we had conservative judges, not liberal judges. He has a story to inform,” said Graham.

Ultimately, nevertheless, Graham acknowledged that it could take greater than policy pledges for Trump to regain favor amongst American voters.

“His problem is personal,” he said. “His policies have stood the test of time. But has he worn the American people out when it comes to his personality? … Time will tell.”

Trump investigation continues

Graham’s comments come as Trump is under investigation for potential violations of laws related to espionage and obstruction of justice, specifically regarding his treatment of classified White House records that he took to his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

The senator has been critical of the FBI’s investigation, accusing the intelligence service of double standards of their treatment of Trump versus Hillary Clinton, who was the topic of a separate investigation into her use of a personal email server while secretary of state. Trump’s critics argue that the 2 cases aren’t comparable.

Graham reiterated Saturday that there can be “riots within the streets” if Trump was prosecuted, nevertheless he individually condemned the violence seen throughout the Jan.6 Capitol storm.

Last Thursday, a federal judge on Thursday denied Graham’s latest effort to challenge a subpoena for his testimony before a special grand jury in Georgia, which is investigating possible criminal election interference by Trump and his allies in 2020.

Nonetheless, the judge limited the scope of the subpoena by ordering that Graham couldn’t be questioned about phone calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff within the weeks after the November 2020 election between Trump and Biden.

It follows continued bids by Graham to avoid testifying on the grounds that his position as a lawmaker grants him immunity under the U.S. Structure’s “speech or debate” clause. 

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