Graham described the former president as "sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan and P.T. Barnum."
"I mean, it’s just this bigger-than-life deal. He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know could make it. He could make it bigger. He could make it stronger. He could make it more diverse. He could also destroy it," he said. "My election is over -- I could throw him aside any day... That's just too easy. What's hard is to take a movement that is good for the country. Try to get the leader of the movement, who I think has got lots of problems facing him and the party, and see if we can make a go of it."
"Mitt Romney didn't do it, McCain didn't do it. There's something about Trump. There's a dark side and there's some magic there. What I'm trying to do is harness the magic."