Graham: I don't remember anyone treating McCain the way they're treating Trump

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE (R-S.C.) defended President Trump on Thursday, one day after one of Trump's rallies broke out into a chant of "send her back" regarding a Democratic congresswoman the president attacked.

“I don’t remember anybody treating ... John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire MORE the way they’re treating Donald Trump,” Graham told reporters. “I don’t remember John McCain having to go through this crap every day, all of the time.” 

Graham’s comments were in response to a question regarding how the GOP has changed since 2008 when then-presidential candidate McCain famously pushed back on a woman at a rally who said she couldn't trust Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Forget conventional wisdom — Bernie Sanders is electable 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE because “he’s an Arab.”


McCain responded that he disagreed with the then-Illinois senator on fundamental issues, but that Obama is a family man and citizen. 

During a Wednesday night Trump rally in North Carolina, the crowd broke out into chants of “send her back,” following Trump’s attack on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Minn.).

Omar is one of four congresswomen Trump targeted in a tweet Sunday telling the representatives to “go back” where they came from. Trump continues to defend his remarks, saying they are not racist. 

Graham told reporters Trump “took a different tack” than McCain had.

“He’s fighting back,” Graham added. “My policy differences with President Obama were real, but I never doubted that he loved the country.”