Once it became clear that the White House wasn’t interested in that deal, Graham’s morale apparently plummeted. He told press: “I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now.”
While he previously had strong words for Trump, insisting that backing down was tantamount to the end of the Trump presidency and the end of the Republican Party, now Graham seems to have changed his tune.
As the shutdown hits record lengths and the dominoes continue to fall as a result, Graham is telling Trump to go ahead and re-open the government.
“I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal. If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers.”