Feb 23, 2021
GOP begins new push against Biden's relief plan as Republican leaders expect no defections in the ranks
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(CNN)Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Joe Biden a bipartisan victory and one that could scuttle the bill in the Senate if any Democrat breaks ranks.But the move amounts to a political risk for Republicans with polls showing clear majorities of Americans supporting an emergency rescue package and with the economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. So Republicans now plan to begin an urgent public relations push to argue that the bill is bloated, poorly targeted and contains a hodgepodge of measures aimed at pleasing the Democratic base -- a message that party leaders discussed with their members at a private GOP lunch on Tuesday and that they plan to echo in the days ahead, attendees say.
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Lindsey Graham says Trump has ‘a dark side’ but could make GOP ‘bigger & stronger’ as he slams ‘out-of-control’ Dems
SENATOR Lindsey Graham said Trump has 'a dark side' but could make GOP "bigger and stronger."
Graham has also slammed "out of control" Democrats and said Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief bill shows they are trying to "reshape America."5Lindsey Graham said Trump has 'a dark side' but could make GOP "bigger and stronger"Credit: Axios 5There have been calls to impeach Nancy PelosiCredit: AFP - Getty
Speaking to Axios on HBO" he said that Donald Trump has a "dark side" but he tries to "harness the magic" because he succeeded where Republican candidates failed.
He said: "Donald Trump was my friend before the riot. And I'm trying to keep a relationship with him after the riot. I still consider him a friend. What happened was a dark day in American history, and we're going to move forward."
"I want us to continue the policies that I think will make America strong. I believe the best way for the Republican Party to do that is with Trump, not without Trump."
"Mitt Romney didn't do it. John McCain didn't do it. There's something about Trump. There's a dark side and there's some magic there.
"What I'm tryin' to do is just harness the magic.
"To me, Donald Trump is sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan and P.T. Barnum."
"He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know can make it. He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.
The Senator also said that the $1.9trillion Covid relief bill shows "out of control" Democrats are trying to "reshape America."
He told Fox News: "It took 27 hours to pass and I'm proud of my Republican colleagues for fighting back.
"March of 2020 we passed a $1.9trillion bill the same amount of money 96 to nothing because we understood the need to fight Covid.5Graham slammed "out of control" DemocratsCredit: Reuters 5The Senator also said that the $1.9trillion Covid relief bill shows "out of control" Democrats are trying to "reshape America."Credit: Getty Images
"A year later, March of 2021, the Democrats have the House, the Senate and the White House and what did we tell you?
"If they get everything they are going to run as over, this is out of control liberalism and this is bill is most of the money is not spent this year, 90 per cent of it has nothing to do with Covid but let me give you an example of something that really bothers me.
"In this bill, if you are a farmer, your load would be forgiven up to 120 per cent- not 100 per cent but 120 per cent of your loan if you are socially disadvantaged, if you're African-American, some other minority.
"But if you're a white person, a white woman, no forgiveness, as reparations, what does this got to do with Covid?
"So if you're in the farming business right now this bill forgives 120% of your loan, based on your race.
"These people in the Congress today, the Senate on the democratic side are out of control liberals and God help us all if we don't check and balance them in 2022.
"You've passed a Covid relief package $1.9 trillion, very partisan, 90% of the money has got nothing to do with Covid.5After an all-night voting session the Senate passed Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief billCredit: AP:Associated Press Most read in NewsFIGHT IN FLIGHTB-52s fly over Middle East as Biden 'could lose military exec power'BUBBLE TROUBLEHuge brawl breaks out in Bath & Body Works as employees fight with womanExclusiveMEGXILEMeghan may never return to UK after angering Royal Family with bombshell interviewWarningSICK ABUSEMan 'tortured & murdered girlfriend's baby before blaming her for sex abuse'SHOW ME THE MONEYWhat you need to do to get your third $1,400 stimulus check payment'SPIRALING TSUNAMI'Migrants surging into US border after Trump warned of 'disaster'
"It's a reshaping of America."
Meanwhile, there have been calls to impeach Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, after the House's voting rights act passed without a single Republican vote on Wednesday.
A petition has garnered more than 840,000 signatures online.Lindsey Graham slams Dems as 'out-of-control liberals'