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Graham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-S.C.) said in a Thursday tweet that any Republican president or nominee eventually "will be accused of being a racist" as President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE faces ongoing criticism for telling four lawmakers who are women of color to "go back" to where they came from. 

"If you are a Republican nominee for President – or President – you will be accused of being a racist," Graham wrote. "John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Lobbying world Patagonia to donate million to Georgia voting rights groups MORE compared John McCainJohn Sidney McCainColbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Five reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign MORE’s campaign to being like that of George Wallace. It comes with the territory unfortunately."

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE (D-Minn.), one of the lawmakers Trump tweeted about, responded to Graham's tweet by quoting Graham calling Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” during the 2016 campaign. 

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Asked for comment about his tweets, Graham's office referred The Hill to subsequent posts by Graham.

In those tweets, Graham wrote that Trump took issue with Omar because, he said, she "belittles" the country and  advocates boycotting Israel. Graham also claimed that the congresswoman "shows sympathy for those who tried to join ISIS."

He wrote that President Trump's problem with the congresswoman "isn’t where she’s from" but rather that she "belittles our country," "shows " and "advocates boycotting our close ally, Israel."

The House this week voted to condemn a series of Sunday tweets from the president as racist after he wrote that Omar and others should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Omar is the only lawmaker in the group, which also included Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reintroduces bill seeking to cancel rent, mortgage payments during pandemic We must decolonize our global health systems — It's time to repeal the Helms Amendment House Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push Fed to drive funding away from fossil fuel companies Omar on arrest of Georgia state lawmaker: 'Wild and completely unacceptable' Ocasio-Cortez endorses Turner in Ohio special election MORE (D-Mich.), who was born outside of the U.S.

A handful of Republicans voted with the Democrats to condemn the tweet. Graham's fellow South Carolina senator, Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPassage of FASTER Act is critical for food allergy community 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer MORE (R), the only African American Republican in the Senate, said that the president used “racially offensive language." 

Updated 6:50 p.m.