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Graham booed at town hall after saying he will vote for Gorsuch

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.) was met with loud boos from constituents at a town hall on Saturday, after telling the crowd he was planning to vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

Graham, who is one of the president's most vocal GOP critics, said he thinks Judge Neil Gorsuch is a “highly qualified man.”

He cracked a smile and gave a thumbs up as he was met with boos at the Charleston, S.C., town hall, CNN reported.

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"I will vote for him because I cannot think of a better person a Republican president could have chosen,” he continued.

Some audience members shouted “Merrick Garland” back at the Republican senator — invoking President Obama's choice for the seat whose nomination died in the Senate. 

Graham said Democrats who “complain about Merrick Garland” are “almost like an arsonist complaining about a fire.”

“I don’t buy this at all — so Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama after Justice [Antonin] Scalia died February 2016,” he explained. "We’d had three primary elections in the books, the primary season as afoot and in a hundred years, we’ve never had a vacancy filled in the last year of a president’s term when the primary season was afoot.”

Graham chided Democratic senators who have threatened to filibuster the nomination.

“If I have to, I will vote to change the rules because I am not going to allow President Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you’re mad, and you can’t accept the outcome of an election,” he said, to more boos from the audience.