Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar predicted on Sunday that former President Donald Trump “is done” in Republican politics following his second impeachment acquittal, a position at odds with some of her GOP colleagues including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Matthews, the Minnesota senator and 2020 Democratic presidential contender pushed back on the notion that the former president’s historic second impeachment ultimately did not produce anything positive for the country.
Also, Klobuchar noted that several Republicans including the House GOP’s No. 3, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have rebuked Trump in voting to impeach while also blaming him for ‘inciting’ the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
As the interview wrapped up, Matthews noted that in a previous segment, Graham said that he believes Trump is and will remain a viable force in the GOP moving forward, but Klobuchar vehemently disagreed when the host asked for her view.
“No. That’s because you can see what the numbers are with how he’s doing, what people think of him across the country. I say no,” said Klobuchar.
“One, as Mitch McConnell points out, there’s a lot of other investigations going about this man. Two, the American people have now seen clear out what he did,” she said, possibly referencing two separate criminal probes by Democratic prosecutors in New York and Georgia.
“He violated his oath of office in what Liz Cheney called the greatest betrayal of a president’s oath of office in history, and those memories and those police officers’ screams will be forever etched in the memories of Americans. He is done,” Klobuchar said.
In the previous segment, Graham said he had spoken to Trump Saturday evening following the 57-43 acquittal vote in the Senate, and noted that the former president was upbeat and looking ahead.
“He’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party, he’s excited about 2022,” he said, adding he will travel to Florida to play golf with Trump next week.
“I said, ‘Mr. President, this MAGA movement needs to continue. We need to unite the party. ‘Trump-plus’ is the way back in 2022. He’s mad at some folks, but I understand that. My goal is to win in 2022 to stop the most radical agenda” coming from the Biden administration, Graham continued. “We can’t do that without Donald Trump. He’s ready to hit the trail and I’m ready to work with him.”
Along those lines, Graham went on to say he believes his “friend” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made a mistake when he voted to convict Trump because he believes that paves the way for a presidential daughter-in-law.
“The biggest winner, I think, of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” said Graham.
“My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost a certain a nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs. I will certainly be behind her, because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party,” he added.
Lara Trump is a North Carolina native and a graduate of North Carolina State University.