Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks

Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks

President Trump early Thursday attacked Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' MORE (R-S.C.) over his criticism of Trump’s response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va., warning that "the people of South Carolina will remember!”

“Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!” Trump tweeted.

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Graham on Wednesday said Trump’s reaction to the violence was dividing the country, saying he made a “moral equivalency” between white supremacists who organized the weekend rally and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotester who was killed after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a man with far-right views.

"I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency," Graham said. "Many Republicans ... will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world." 

Graham responded to the president later on Thursday morning, urging him to "fix" his remarks on the Charlottesville violence.

Graham said Trump is receiving praise "from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country" after his remarks stating that both sides were to blame for the violence.

Former KKK leader David Duke and white supremacist Richard Spencer both lauded Trump's remarks. 

"For the sake of our Nation — as our President — please fix this. History is watching us all," Graham said.

This story was updated at 9:34 a.m.