South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham will donate $500,000 to President Donald Trump’s campaign legal defense fund challenge results in the 2020 presidential election. The campaign will then brief Senate Republicans about the polls on Saturday.
Sen. Graham made this announcement in his appearance on Fox News. He told host Sean Hannity that he is supporting President Trump’s effort to challenge the election results because “he stood with me.”
“He helped Senate Republicans, we’re going to pick up House seats … I’m going to donate $500,000 tonight to President Trump’s defense legal fund,” Graham said about the donation.
Lindsey Graham tells Hannity he's donating $500,000 to Trump's legal defense fund, then says, "I've been on your show. You've raised a ton of money for me." pic.twitter.com/BnmBvO6490
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 6, 2020
Sen. Graham won in his re-election bid on Tuesday. It was one of the most competitive races of his career in the Senate. He said the fund will support the chief executive’s pledge to continue fighting to have ballots thrown out in court.
Eric Trump, the president’s son, thanked Sen. Graham for the donation. He tweeted, “@LindseyGrahamSC is a good man! Thank you for having spine! Fight this fraud!”
.@LindseyGrahamSC is a good man! Thank you for having spine! Fight this fraud! https://t.co/tLosUcTSZp
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 6, 2020
“Students for Trump” founder also took to Twitter to thank Sen. Graham.
Lindsey Graham is donating $500,000 to Trump’s legal fund tonight.
Thank you, Senator!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 6, 2020
Alex Plitsas, the vice-chairman of the Fairfield Republican Town Committee in Connecticut, said Sen. Graham’s move “has now provided us an answer to the question about what the cost of a full day of public shaming on social media on 2020 is.”
Senator Lindsey Graham is now donating $500,000 to President Trump’s legal fund. In doing so, he has now provided us an answer to the question about what the cost of a full day of public shaming on social media on 2020 is.
— Alex Plitsas 🇺🇸 (@alexplitsas) November 6, 2020
Sen. Graham’s donation comes on the heels of a series of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in battleground states including Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia—seeking to stop ballot counting.
President Trump earlier demanded that election officials halt the ballot-counting process, tweeting “STOP THE COUNT!” as he sees his lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania are slowly declining in the presidential race against former Vice President Joe Biden.
STOP THE COUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign filed lawsuits challenging the eligibility criteria of certain votes cast and “cured.” In Michigan, ballot counting locations are putting up barriers to block observers from watching them count the votes.
President Trump’s campaign has laid the groundwork for contesting battleground states as the chief executive rallied behind Biden in the race to 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure the White House seat.