A video clip is circulating online Friday of Trump supporters harassing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside of Washington, D.C., calling him a “traitor.”
Earlier this week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a major critic of President Donald Trump, was similarly harassed by Trump supporters at an airport.
This comes off the heels of Wednesday’s deadly Capitol riots, which saw extremists storm the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress that day from certifying the states’ Electoral College votes and President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, claiming election fraud changed the election’s outcome.
Graham, who has been critical of Trump at various points, criticized the outgoing president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani regarding potential culpability in inciting the riot Thursday night during a news conference in Washington, D.C.
“When it comes to accountability the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem not the solution,” the Palmetto State Republican said, per the Associated Press. “A good friend of mine, Rudy Giuliani, did not help.”
Graham was citing Trump’s remarks at a midday rally Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters at the White House, where he encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol so their voices could be heard.
In the airport video, multiple individuals repeatedly shouted taunts and insults at Graham, such as “traitor.”
“You work for the people, you work for us, do you hear me?” one person yelled at the senator. One lady also labeled him a “liar.”
“One day [you] will not be able to walk down the street. It is today,” shouted a woman. She was donning an “I love Trump” shirt with the letter “Q” on the back. Some are suspecting the letter is a possible reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
With Graham being surrounded by security, the hecklers said they would not touch him.
In another video, Graham is seen walking away from the crowded scene while looking down at his phone.
Kevin Bishop, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Republican, declined to comment, telling Politico, “we don’t discuss security issues.”
It is unknown if any of the hecklers in the Graham video participated in Wednesday’s riot.
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