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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform 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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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 Lewis10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders Biden says he doesn't want voting rights 'wrapped up' in filibuster debate CBC honors Black women advocates amid voting rights battle MORE compared John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE’s campaign to being like that of George Wallace. It comes with the territory unfortunately."

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia 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-CortezEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions 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 ScottBiden: Republicans who say Democrats want to defund the police are lying The Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (R), the only African American Republican in the Senate, said that the president used “racially offensive language." 

Updated 6:50 p.m.