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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Georgia DA investigating Trump taps racketeering expert for probe: report 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 McCainGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Former Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in 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 ObamaLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief 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 Omar Omar: 'Disappointing' that we're 'sending money to less people than the Trump administration' House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade 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.”