Lindsey Graham mocks Pelosi's 'surgeries,' apologizes
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Overnight Defense: Four Americans killed in Syria suicide attack | State of the Union becomes latest shutdown flashpoint | Missile defense review on track for Thursday release White House condemns 'terror attack' that killed US troops in Syria MORE (R-S.C.) apologized for mocking House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE’s physical appearance during a closed-door fundraiser following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
While noting that she had appeared irritated on the House floor, he speculated that she had undergone plastic surgery, Bloomberg View columnist Josh Rogin reported Tuesday.
“Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor. Complete disgust,” he said, according to the Bloomberg report. “If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.”
NBC News' Frank Thorp tweeted that Graham had apologized.
"I made a very poor attempt at humor to talk about [Pelosi’s] reaction, and for that I apologize," Graham was reported as saying.
At least one other Republican has mocked Pelosi before by suggesting that she has undergone cosmetic surgery. In 2011, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accused Pelosi of telling a “tight-faced lie” about ObamaCare.
It is also not the first time Graham has been criticized for a joke. In October, he joked that "white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency" while speaking at an all-male club in Charleston.
Graham is among the crowded field of Republicans weighing a run for the presidency in 2016.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who serves in leadership, had said that Graham should apologize if the quote was accurate.
Pelosi said her visible reaction on the floor was evidence that she was “near tears” at the content Netanyahu’s speech.