I think once this president is no longer in office, I think you're going to see his impact on the body politic fade, and a lot of these Republicans are going to feel they've got much more room to run and cooperate. — President-elect Joe Biden
I think once this president is no longer in office, I think you're going to see his impact on the body politic fade, and a lot of these Republicans are going to feel they've got much more room to run and cooperate. — President-elect Joe Biden
Biden says Lindsey Graham is a 'personal disappointment' for not recognizing him as president-elect
  • President-elect Joe Biden told Stephen Colbert that he's disappointed GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has not recognized him as the winner of the 2020 election.
  • "Lindsey's been a personal disappointment because I was a personal friend of his," Biden said.
  • Graham, once a sharp critic of President Donald Trump, has supported the president's longshot legal efforts to overturn the election results.
  • The South Carolina Republican was previously a close friend of Biden's. In 2015, Graham said Biden is "as good a man as God ever created."
Though Graham has close ties to Trump in the present day, he was singing a different tune during the 2016 campaign cycle. In a 2015 interview with CNN, Graham referred to Trump as a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot."

"You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell," Graham said at the time.

In a separate interview with HuffPost in 2015, Graham showered Biden with praise.

"If you can't admire Joe Biden as a person, you've got a problem. You need to do some self-evaluation, 'cause, what's not to like?" Graham said. He said Biden was "as good a man as God ever created."

"He's said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me. He's the nicest person I think I've ever met in politics," Graham added of Biden.

During that interview, Graham became emotional while speaking about Biden, who has gone through major personal tragedies, and said people should not "take relationships for granted."