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 McCainBidens confirm 'we still love each other' after finger biting goes viral Trump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Meghan McCain to Trump Jr. on 'The View': 'You and your family have hurt a lot of people' MORE on Monday criticized her father’s longtime friend Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment MORE (R-S.C.) for standing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

“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 McCainLessons of the Kamala Harris campaign Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Top Armed Services Democrat scolds military leaders on Trump's intervention in war crimes cases 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 on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Warren adds Ayanna Pressley as campaign co-chair Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters 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."