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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform 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 McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey 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 ObamaEmergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Congress is to blame for the latest ruling on DACA 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 OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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.”