Sen. [crscore]Lindsey Graham[/crscore] said that if Donald Trump is the nominee, “it will be the disaster of all disasters for the Republican Party.”
Appearing on CNN’s “At This Hour With Berman and Bolduan” on Thursday, Graham said that if Trump “doesn’t win on the first ballot, most of the South Carolina delegates are going to vote for [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]. Stop whining about it. That’s just the way the rules are.”
The South Carolina senator claimed that if Trump comes up short of 1,237 delegates required to be the nominee, he might be able persuade some of the unbound delegates to support him, but “there will be people like me and others trying to say [Trump] fell short and let’s revote on the second ballot.”
Graham added, “I’d like to help make the argument that if you make Donald Trump the nominee of the party, it will be the disaster of all disasters for the Republican Party.”
“Again, Abe Lincoln finished second. It worked out pretty well for him to have won.”
Co-host Kate Bolduan then asked Graham if he would be going to the Republican Party convention this summer, to which the South Carolina senator replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know how crazy it’s going to be.”
“You know, if Trump gets 1,237, then he’s done his job, he won, he’s the nominee. I don’t know if I’d go,” Graham said.
“I’m telling you, if I’m a delegate, I’ll vote for Donald Trump the first ballot if I go because I have to, and on the second ballot I’m going to vote for Ted Cruz because I can,” Graham said. (VIDEO: Graham: Nothing Would Happen If You ‘Murdered’ Cruz On The Senate Floor)