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Lindsey Graham: ‘President Trump has a lot to be proud of’

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has transformed himself from one of Donald Trump’s sharpest critics into one of his most devoted supporters, on Tuesday said the president “has a lot to be proud of in terms of creating the enthusiasm” in what Graham branded “Trump states” — deep-red states that ousted Democratic incumbents in the Senate.

Those states included North Dakota and Indiana.

“Without him, I don’t think we would have had the night we had,” Graham said on Fox. The president “worked his butt off,” he added.

Graham said the preservation of GOP control in the Senate — even as Democrats appeared poised to reclaim control of the House — meant that, “the conservative judicial train will keep running.”

The warning sign from results in the House, Graham acknowledged, was Republicans have to “address the suburban women problem, because it’s real.” Early projections suggested that Democratic strength in House races was powered by a historic exodus of college-educated, suburban women from the GOP. Graham said this dynamic created “pressure on all of us to up our game.”

He also had a word of warning for Democrats in the House: Don’t try to impeach the president.

“Been there, done that with Clinton,” he said. “It didn’t work for us. It would blow up in their face.”

One of the areas in which the two parties could work together, Graham suggested, was infrastructure.

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Democrats took the House, Republicans held the Senate, and key races around the country were still too close to call.

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