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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Graham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (R-S.C.) Monday afternoon after he called her and three other freshman congresswomen targeted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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 OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair 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 to release audiobook on 'bold conservatism' for 21st century Meghan McCain presses Steyer on 2020 bid: 'You have not proven that you can inspire people' Ryan denies protesting national anthem at Democratic debate MORE also condemned the remarks by Trump and their defense by Graham, a close friend of her late father, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? 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 CollinsCook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move 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 ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.) called the comments “wrong” and said the four representatives’ citizenship was “as valid as mine.”