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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan US troops leaving Syria cross into Iraq Graham says he's open-minded on supporting impeachment: 'Sure, I mean show me something that is a crime' 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 says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 LewisThe 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' Ossoff raises 0k in first three weeks of Senate bid, campaign says MORE compared John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPublisher announces McSally book planned for May release Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota Here's what to watch this week on impeachment MORE’s campaign to being like that of George Wallace. It comes with the territory unfortunately."

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNorth Dakota GOP state lawmaker shares debunked photo, calls Omar a 'terrorist' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make 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-CortezDemocratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders 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 ScottBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Rand Paul: 'We deserve to know' identity of Trump whistleblower Bottom Line MORE (R), the only African American Republican in the Senate, said that the president used “racially offensive language." 

Updated 6:50 p.m.