Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that when he dies, God isn’t going to ask him why he didn’t vote to convict President Trump.
The South Carolina senator told Fox News’ the Brian Kilmeade Show that he used his God-given “common sense” to decide to acquit the president in the “easiest decision I ever had to make.”
“It was politically driven, it was driven by people who are not looking for the truth,” he said. “They hate Trump, they were gonna impeach him the day he got elected and if you can’t see through this, you know, your religion is clouding your thinking here.”
Graham was responding to Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) invoking his religion when he announced his decision to convict President Trump on the abuse of power charge.
“When I go to meet God at the pearly gates I don’t think he’s going to ask me, ‘Why didn’t you convict Trump?’” Graham said. “I may be wrong, but I don’t think that’s gonna be at the top of the list. I’ll have a lot to answer for, but this was clearly an effort to destroy Trump.”
The senator also added he likes Romney and has “always liked him.”
“I appreciate the fact that he’s helped the Republican agenda,” he said. “He’s going to help us continue to build up the military, cut taxes and reform the government, I hope.”
Romney has faced a slew of backlash from GOP lawmakers and the president after becoming the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on a charge.
“I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced,” Romney said on the Senate floor Wednesday.