Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that GOP votes to convict former President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will favour his daughter-in-law Lara Trump in her move to clinch the North Carolina Senate ticket.
“The biggest winner of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” Graham of South Carolina said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends with for a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs, and I’ll certainly be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party,” Sen. Graham said.
Richard Burr, who has declared no interest in seeking reelection in 2022, was among seven Republican senators who voted with Democrats to convict former President Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol violence.
Trump was acquitted after 57-43 vote fell short of the required 67 senators to convict.
“The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Burr said in the statement on Saturday. “Therefore, I have voted to convict.”
Lara Trump, the wife of the former president’s son Eric Trump, is reportedly warming up to join the race in North Carolina next year.
Lara was born in Wilmington, N.C., and graduated from North Carolina State University. Trump, 38, was a surrogate for her father-in-law’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
Meanwhile, a poll from December on the 2022 North Carolina race revealed Lara Trump would be an immediate flag bearer in the Republican primary.
Lara led former Gov. Pat McCrory by 24 to 23 per cent among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, according to the BUSR/UNLV Lee Business School poll — but 39 per cent were undecided.