Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights Pence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate Wall Street backed Biden campaign with million in 2020 cycle: report MORE (R-S.C.) Monday afternoon after he called her and three other freshman congresswomen targeted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE “anti-Semitic” and “communists.”

“I see @LindseyGrahamSC’s biggest issue w/ Trump’s racism is that it doesn’t go far enough — Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism, too,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, accompanying the tweet with a clip of Graham's earlier remarks on “Fox & Friends.”

“GOP is doing this because they have no plan for our future,” she added. “We’re the ones fighting for healthcare, edu, good jobs, & they got nothing.”

Graham made the remarks in defending a series of tweets from Trump aimed at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Republicans don't believe Democrats 'have the stones to play hardball' Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (D-Mich.), telling them to “go back” to “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” All of the freshmen congresswomen were born in the U.S. except Omar, who is a U.S. citizen.


Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday, Graham urged the president to “knock it down a notch” and focus on criticizing Democratic policies rather than personal attacks. But he also tore into the congresswomen as “socialist” and “anti-Semitic” and said they “hate our own country.”

Conservative “The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainChris Cuomo, Ted Cruz explode in off-the-rails CNN interview Meghan McCain, husband welcome first baby girl, Liberty Sage McCain Domenech Kasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump MORE also condemned the remarks by Trump and their defense by Graham, a close friend of her late father, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump fights for battleground Arizona Flake cuts ad for Biden: 'Character' matters Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions MORE (R-Ariz.).

“Whatever is happening to Lindsey, this is not the person I used to know,” McCain said Monday morning.

GOP lawmakers’ responses to the tweets have varied, with a handful condemning the tweets but just two calling them "racist." Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGideon holds 3-point lead over Collins in new poll The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day MORE (R-Maine) called on Trump to delete the tweets, but still accused his targets of “anti-Semitic rhetoric and ... negative comments about law enforcement.”

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.) called the comments “wrong” and said the four representatives’ citizenship was “as valid as mine.”