President Donald Trump has spent two days attacking the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) but there has not been a peep of defense coming from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who was regarded as the late senator's best friend in Congress when he was alive.
(Update: Graham later on Sunday got around to defending McCain -- without mentioning President Trump's name. See below.)
On Saturday, Trump launched an attack on McCain -- who has been dead for seven months -- tweeting, "Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier 'is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.' Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse 'stains' than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!"
Upping the attack on Sunday, he accused McCain of colluding with the Democrats to undermine him while mocking the Vietnam war veteran's academic status during his time at the U.S. Naval College as "last in his class."
While one might expect that Graham would rush to his friend's defense, his latest tweet -- posted on Saturday afternoon -- celebrates St. Patrick's Day with no mention of his buddy.
That has not gone unnoticed by Twitter users who remember Graham and McCain's well-documented friendship as part of the "Three Amigos" with ex-Sen. Joe Liebermann (D-CT).
You can see Graham's most recent tweet (at this writing) below, as well as Twitter users calling Graham out.
What better place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than —- #GREENVILLE! ☘️ #yeahthatgreenville https://t.co/2g1gxzjNgv— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1552783755.0
@LindseyGrahamSC , how do you live with yourself??? How? John McCain isn’t here to defend himself. Your silence de… https://t.co/iB0WZckXkq— Bradley Whitford (@Bradley Whitford)1552772672.0
Hey @LindseyGrahamSC, are you just going to sit quietly after this, or are you going to honor/defend your late frie… https://t.co/Rty1LQUc1c— David Shuster (@David Shuster)1552785765.0
Me, waiting for @LindseyGrahamSC to defend his “dear friend” John McCain: https://t.co/HVAUtVzZqM— Jon Zal (@Jon Zal)1552826621.0
Not only has there been no refutation of any part of the Steele Dossier, but now that you've insulted John McCain a… https://t.co/DdzDcwExF5— John Fugelsang (@John Fugelsang)1552830914.0
Does it not seem odd that Trump is still attacking McCain while McCain is in his grave? Wonder what… https://t.co/pHDuPMMpfv— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@Sheryl Gay Stolberg)1552828655.0
I wish President Obama and others would put trump in his place for all his false claims. Look at it insulting a dec… https://t.co/xmXgDD8euF— 🇻🇮🇵🇷🇦🇬 (@🇻🇮🇵🇷🇦🇬)1552831654.0
"My name is Graham, not McCain. But I feel like a McCain. I don't know if I have earned that honor, but I feel like… https://t.co/OawvnSdYyp— Jon Zal (@Jon Zal)1552826868.0
@LindseyGrahamSC You were not McCain’s friend. You are a weak opportunist.— Joe O'Dell (@Joe O'Dell)1552831751.0
(Update) Later Sunday, Graham finally defended his friend on Twitter without mentioning Trump's name, see below:
@SenJohnMcCain Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished. (2/2)— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1552840652.0