Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, argued Monday on Fox News that Georgia needs to conduct an audit of the ballot signatures in the presidential race there, saying a “civil war is brewing in Georgia” over the fact that the state was won by President-elect Joe Biden. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have falsely claimed Biden’s victory was the result of widespread voter fraud.
“Get a grip. Get a grip. I think he’s lost grip on reality. Yes, there’s a civil war brewing, and it’s just as idiosyncratic as the civil war we had before. And it just so happens to be brewing in the same part of the country that it broke out before. The result would be the same,” Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in the House, told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” when asked about Graham’s remarks.
“This country is not going to allow this kind of activity to take place. I think that there are cooler heads (that) are prevailing,” he added. “I thought I knew Lindsey Graham, but I must have been mistaken.”
When asked about Clyburn’s comments and what Graham meant when he referred to a civil war, Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for the senator, said he was talking about a “GOP civil war,” but otherwise did not respond to the congressman.
Clyburn, who serves as a co-chair of Biden’s inaugural committee, also sharply criticized Trump for his efforts to overturn or undermine the election results in Georgia and other key states, telling Berman that the President’s actions are akin to “an attempted coup.”
“You may not call it a coup, but this is an attempted coup. Now some people are saying he is trying to steal the election. He’s not trying to steal the election. That denotes some kind of unknown activity, when you’re stealing,” he said. “No. That’s not what he’s doing. He is in your face trying to overthrow the will of the people.”
The President has made similar inquiries with Republican officials in Michigan and Georgia as he has sought to overturn his election loss, though GOP officials have repeatedly rebuffed him.
This story has been updated with additional comments and reaction.
CNN’s Chandelis Duster, Kevin Liptak, Jim Acosta and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.