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 McCainTrump mocked for low attendance at rally 'Defund the police' movement hits semantics roadblock Meghan McCain slams Cuomo, de Blasio as 'an utter disgrace' following another night of unrest in NYC MORE on Monday criticized her father’s longtime friend Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights Harrison goes on the attack against Graham in new South Carolina Senate ad Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (R-S.C.) for standing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 McCainJuan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch 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-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Black lives and the CBC: What happens to a dream deferred? MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell 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."