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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment 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 McCainLessons of the Kamala Harris campaign Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Top Armed Services Democrat scolds military leaders on Trump's intervention in war crimes cases 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 ObamaButtigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Kerry endorses Biden in 2020 race: He 'can beat Donald Trump' 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 OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy 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.”