House Democrat impeachment managers trying to tie former President Donald Trump to an insurrection before Jan. 6 has grown the "not guilty vote," and the trial "will be over by Sunday," according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"This thing is collapsing before their eyes and the not guilty vote is growing," Graham told Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday night. "So, it will be over by Sunday, I hope, for the good of the country."
Graham rebuked the House Democrat impeachment managers for trying twist the alleged "incitement of insurrection" from President Donald Trump's "peacefully and patriotically protest" speech Jan. 6 to suggest he was in on it with insurrectionist plans before the "Stop the Steal" rally.
"Let me tell your viewers the not guilty vote is growing after today," Graham told host Sean Hannity. "I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House managers offensive and absurd.
"We all know what happened in the Capitol was terrible. I hope everybody involved that broke in the Capitol goes to jail. But I don't remember any of the House managers saying a damn thing when they were trying to break in my house and going after Susan Collins and spitting on all of us.
"If this is a problem for a politician to give the speech that President Trump did, well, then Kamala Harris has a real problem because she actively engaged in bailing out rioters. Here is what I suggest: If you are a politician trying to raise bail for people accused of rioting, you are inciting more riots – something that nobody talked about – that is important. If there is preplanning, there is no incitement."
Graham finished with advice for Trump's defense lawyers.
"Here is what I would do: I would take all of your videos – literally, you have got the Democrat politicians being silent or encouraging acts of violence; you have a sitting vice president as a U.S. Senator telling people they are not going to stop, they shouldn't stop, and trying to bail them out.
"If I were the Trump team, I would expose the hypocrisy here and go after the argument it was preplanned. And the idea that the president was in on it is absurd."
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