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Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know'

“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci Van Jones felt 'ambushed' by 'The View' hosts: report Meghan McCain urges GOP to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee MORE on Monday criticized her father’s longtime friend Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump MORE (R-S.C.) for standing by President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE after Trump suggested that a group of nonwhite progressive congresswomen "go back" to where they came from. 

McCain called Trump's remarks “old, racist dog whistles” and said she was embarrassed by the lack of Republicans leaders speaking out against the president.

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“Whatever is happening to Lindsey, this is not the person I used to know,” the conservative commentator said.

McCain, the daughter of late Republican Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party MORE (Ariz.), has previously described Graham as “like an uncle to me and closest to my political ideology.” 

The ABC talk show host also played a 2015 clip of Graham, now one of the president’s fiercest supporters, calling Trump a “race-baiting xenophobic religious bigot" who didn't represent his Republican Party. 

Meghan McCain reacted by noting that Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who sparred with Trump during the 2016 presidential race, had a son who died in uniform and wasn’t born in this country.

The president sparked outrage on Sunday morning when he tweeted that unidentified progressive congresswomen "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Trump did not identify which lawmakers he was referring to, but the comments were widely interpreted as targeting Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally Omar calls for released Saudi women's rights activist to be allowed to leave country MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump's second impeachment trial MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEconomist makes the case for federal jobs guarantee Clintons, Tyler Perry among mourners at Cicely Tyson memorial Democrats warn of 'whataboutism' ahead of Trump defense MORE (Mass.). All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S. 

Graham lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez during Monday’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” calling the congresswoman and her colleagues “a bunch of Communists."

“They hate Israel, they hate our own country, they’re calling the guards along our border (the Border Patrol agents) concentration camp guards," Graham said.

"They're anti-Semitic, they're anti-America ... we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies," Graham continued. "I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject."

Trump went on to share Graham's message on his own Twitter account, but left off a series of quotes in which the senator encouraged the president to focus on policy. 

"Aim higher," Graham said when asked if Trump's tweets went too far. "They are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country."