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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Graham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid 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 John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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 LewisCummings invites Trump to visit Baltimore House Democrat knocks Trump's Cummings tweet: 'This guy is a terrible, terrible human being' George Wallace's daughter: 'I saw Daddy a lot' during 2016 election MORE compared John McCainJohn Sidney McCain3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Fighter 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? MORE’s campaign to being like that of George Wallace. It comes with the territory unfortunately."

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' 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-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair 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 ScottGOP Sen. Tim Scott says if he runs in 2022 it will be his last race When it comes to student debt, it is time to talk solutions Democrats call for Senate to return to vote on gun reform after two deadly mass shootings MORE (R), the only African American Republican in the Senate, said that the president used “racially offensive language." 

Updated 6:50 p.m.