Graham: The only people yelling at me ‘would turn the country into a mob’

Graham: The only people yelling at me ‘would turn the country into a mob’
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.) said in a tweet on Monday that the only people yelling at him are those who want to turn the U.S. into a "mob."

"All the people wanting to yell at me would turn the country into a mob ... they don't respect the presumption of innocence," Graham tweeted.

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"They have a view of the government that would make us Venezuela."

The senator linked to a Fox News report on the protesters and cheers he faced while opening a rally for Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSocial media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings MORE (R-Tenn.), a U.S. Senate candidate, on Sunday. 

Shouting protesters repeatedly interrupted the rally, including a moment of silence for victims of a shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday that left 11 people dead. 

Some protesters reportedly had to be physically restrained and removed by authorities.

Graham has been a vocal advocate for the GOP since the confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Susan Collins raises M in second quarter fundraising, surpassing 2014 reelection bid The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic infighting threatens 2020 unity MORE.

During a fiery speech in the midst of a Senate hearing for Kavanaugh, Graham excoriated Democrats for their behavior. 

He also expressed his hope earlier this month that Democrats "get their ass kicked" for their behavior during Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

Graham has been promoting Republicans in the midterms and for the first time has been campaigning against fellow senators.