Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was dragged over the coals on Thursday morning for defending Donald Trump's increasingly racist attacks on Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) saying it was "love it or leave it" 1968 politics having nothing to do with race.
Speaking with reporters the morning after Trump incited rallygoers to chant "send her back" after he launched an ugly attack on the Democratic lawmakers, Graham said the president couldn't be a racist because he would never encourage the repatriation of a Somali immigrant if they were wearing a MAGA hat.
Graham's glib defense outraged Twitter users who had already thought the conservative senator had hit rock bottom when it came to defending the president.
You can read some responses below:
Senator Graham is compromised to a degree we will soon find out. This is sickening. @LindseyGrahamSC #Kompromat https://t.co/BTXoDoWQ6W— Austin Barker (@Austin Barker)1563461369.0
Lindsey Graham talking out of his piehole on TV. They must have something on him, or he’s lost his mind. Maybe both.— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Alvin aqua Blanco)1563459262.0
"If you think he's a racist, that's up to you. I don't!" -- Lindsey Graham, just now "He's a race-baiting, xenopho… https://t.co/g7w70lIVAg— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1563459233.0
Apparently if the four elected Congresswomen would just wear a MAGA hat and bow down to Trump, he would leave them… https://t.co/VhVH6NlOaq— BeachinIt 🏖☀️ (@BeachinIt 🏖☀️)1563459485.0
@frankthorp @LindseyGrahamSC Hey Lindsey, you know with all your heart that Trump hates anyone who isn't like him,… https://t.co/SvVhplssdT— V. Spell (@V. Spell)1563459670.0
Lindsey Graham just confirmed that the red MAGA hats are the new white hoods!— 🥀✍ (@🥀✍)1563459353.0
Deporting your Somali critics is racist and fascist. The old Lindsey Graham knew that! Replace this new Trumpian mo… https://t.co/7GT3dPWGZW— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi)1563463179.0
"I don't remember John McCain having to go through this crap every day, all the time," Lindsey Graham says about ho… https://t.co/NgqCjPhqna— Thor Benson (@Thor Benson)1563462535.0
So. Lindsey Graham just said on national t.v. that if you're wearing a MAGA hat, it doesnt matter where you are fro… https://t.co/E0nlPd6vIO— 🦋 dawn petty 🎨 (@🦋 dawn petty 🎨)1563459453.0
Racist Lindsey Graham explains it's not racist to be racist as long as you are not racist to your political support… https://t.co/cl5NGoV6B3— STOP tRumpnado 🌊 (@STOP tRumpnado 🌊)1563462346.0