Graham made the prediction speaking with Fox News’ Pete Hegseth on Wednesday. In his remarks, Graham recognized the political reality attested to by nearly every tentative 2024 GOP poll, all of which show Trump leading other candidates and frequently capturing a majority of Republican support.
“Unless there’s something coming out of left field I don’t see coming, it’s his nomination if he wants it,” Graham said of Trump’s path to renomination. “The Republican base appreciated him. We don’t appreciate all the things he does sometimes. But from a policy point of view, he was the most successful president from a conservative’s point of view since Ronald Reagan.”
Graham and Trump had a politically mixed but friendly relationship during the latter’s tenure on the presidential throne, with Graham seeking to influence Trump to implement a neoconservative-leaning foreign policy. Graham differed considerably from his late friend, Senator John McCain, in styling himself as a Trump supporter, defending the President on issues of agreement and supporting his reelection in 2020.