“Yeah, totally, he’d probably be the best person, right? I mean, how mad can you be at Joe Biden?” he said in the recording.
Graham was pressed on the comments Thursday during an appearance on “Jesse Waters Primetime.”
“Joe Biden. The best person? Do you really believe in him?” Waters asked him.
Graham said “I was wrong.”
“I’ve known Joe for 30 years,” he said. “He’s a nice guy, but he’s been a disaster as president.”
“It was literally happening on January 6th and I was hoping that President Biden would bring us together… But not only has he failed to bring us together, he has made us less secure. He has made our economy less secure. All the bad guys are roaming around the world.”
He then pointed to a common Republican refrain, suggesting that Trump projected greater power on the global stage.
“They didn’t do it under Trump’s watch because they were afraid of him,” he said. “No one is afraid of Joe Biden abroad, and his policies at home are failing.”
Waters dropped the questioning on him, though he swiped at Graham to “talk to New York Times reporters.”
“If I were a senator, I would never do this,” quipped Waters.
Graham said that “very good advice.”
Graham’s feelings about the attack have apparently diminished dramatically since the day he denounced Trump on the Senate floor, telling aides: “All I can say is count me. Enough now. Has gone.”
In the months that followed, he came back to suckle Trump. By the one-year anniversary of the siege, he was accusing Biden of “shamelessly politicizing” the attack.
The audio was released to promote a new book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” written by Martin and fellow Times reporter Alexander Burns.