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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection Belfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington AOC's Ministry of Truth MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) Monday afternoon after he called her and three other freshman congresswomen targeted by President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT 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 OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report 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 McCainCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona county's Republican committee debates censuring Cindy McCain Celebrities, Trump supporters react to banning of president's Twitter account MORE also condemned the remarks by Trump and their defense by Graham, a close friend of her late father, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot Cindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake 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 CollinsImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time 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 ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.) called the comments “wrong” and said the four representatives’ citizenship was “as valid as mine.”