Following tweets widely denounced as racist and a campaign rally chant of “send her back” in reference to a Somali-born U.S. congresswoman, President Donald Trump has faced bipartisan rebukes in recent days.
One consistent defender in the U.S. Senate, however, is Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican was famously close friends with the late Sen. John McCain, who had an equally famous feud with Trump.
Graham sought to reference that longtime friendship to defend the president when a reporter brought up McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign — notably the fact that he stood up for then-rival Barack Obama against a voter who labeled him “an Arab.”
According to Graham, Trump is justified in his objectively less inclusive language because he has political enemies.
“I don’t remember anybody treating … John McCain the way they’re treating Donald Trump,” Graham claimed. “I don’t remember John McCain having to go through this crap every day, all of the time.”