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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: The center strikes back Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Harris rebounds after difficult trip MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden to host Afghan president at White House on Friday Portman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight MORE (R-S.C.) Monday afternoon after he called her and three other freshman congresswomen targeted by President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat 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 OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries 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 McCainMeghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg spar over Biden's outburst at CNN reporter Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration CNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin MORE also condemned the remarks by Trump and their defense by Graham, a close friend of her late father, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West Five takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit 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 CollinsPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting 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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) called the comments “wrong” and said the four representatives’ citizenship was “as valid as mine.”