Trump, Lindsey Graham in Twitter fight over Charlottesville remarks

SHARE Trump, Lindsey Graham in Twitter fight over Charlottesville remarks
trumpgraham.jpg

President Trump grappled with Sen. Lindsey Graham on Twitter Thursday morning. | File photos

President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a “publicity seeking” lawmaker.

In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faulted the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president’s stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump said in his tweet: “Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer.” He was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when she was struck by a car driven into the crowd.

Graham had responded to Trump’s Tuesday press conference by saying the president “took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally” and the people demonstrating against them. “Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world,” Graham added, referring to the former Ku Klux Klan leader.

“Such a disgusting lie,” Trump said of Graham’s remarks. “He just can’t forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember.”

Graham responded later that morning, agreeing that Trump’s praise of Heyer was appreciated, but adding that because of the way he responded to the march by white supremacists in Charlottesville, “you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country. … For the sake of our Nation — as our President — please fix this. … History is watching us all.

In a separate tweet, Trump accused “the Fake News” of distorting “what I say about hate, bigotry, etc. Shame!”

Graham responded:

The Latest
Officials say that four previous balloons passed over U.S. territory during the Trump, Biden administrations. China insists the recent balloon was used for weather research.
The man’s legs were crushed in 2017 when a driver plowed into a Bensenville store, one of thousands of similar crashes at 7-Elevens across the U.S., attorneys said.
A new report from a civic group offers a plan that includes a 10-year income tax surcharge to shore up underfunded pensions. State legislators should take action.
The international community must stay steadfast in helping Turkish and Syrian citizens coping with the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake.
The Utah senator and 2012 GOP presidential nominee exchanged sharp words with the freshman GOP congressman from New York: ‘He shouldn’t be in Congress.’