Graham responds to boos at Atlantic festival: 'Boo yourself'

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.) fired back when audience members booed him at the Atlantic Festival on Wednesday.

Speaking with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, Graham said he thought Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, was treated “respectfully” while Kavanaugh was treated “like crap.”

Still, Graham said, he didn’t “like” 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 mocking Ford’s testimony at a rally Tuesday night.


“I don't like what the president said last night. I'm the first person to say, 'I want to hear from Dr. Ford,’ ” Graham said. “I thought she was handled respectfully. I thought Kavanaugh was treated like crap."

The audience loudly booed, to which Graham responded: “Yeah, well boo yourself.”

Goldberg then turned to the audience and asked them to “please be respectful of this conversation so we can have the conversation.”

Graham was also booed during at least one other point during the interview. Audience members laughed, booed and jeered at Graham after he said he respected Democrat’s Supreme Court picks in the past.

In response to the boos, Graham said that if there is a Supreme Court vacancy during Trump’s final term as president, he would hold the seat open until after the election.

“This may make you feel better, but I really don’t care,” Graham said. “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait until the next election.”