COLUMBIA — A group of President Donald Trump supporters verbally harassed U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham through the halls of a Washington, D.C., airport Friday after he declined to join the GOP effort to overturn the presidential election results.
Videos posted on social media of the incident showed what appeared to be about a dozen people in Reagan National Airport yelling at Graham that he is a "liar" and a "traitor" after he broke with Trump over the president's baseless allegations of election fraud.
"One day they will not be able to walk down the street," one woman in a Trump T-shirt can be seen saying. "It is today."
A source sends this video of a group of Trump supporters today harassing Sen. Lindsey Graham at Reagan airport and loudly calling him a “traitor” after he publicly broke with Trump earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/XBF8K6DIUD— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) January 8, 2021
Police appeared to surround Graham and guide him through the airport while the Trump supporters continued slinging insults at him, demanding that he "audit the vote" and saying he "knew it was rigged."
Some more video of Lindsey Graham being called a “traitor” by Trump supporters at the Reagan airport while surrounded by security. pic.twitter.com/2vZjYSWyk5— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) January 8, 2021
In response to a request for comment, Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said they "don't discuss security issues."
The incident came just a couple of months after Graham was hounded in the same airport by activists on the opposite end of the political spectrum. In that case, a group of liberals followed Graham through the airport criticizing him for moving forward with the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett shortly before an election.
Graham sent out multiple campaign fundraising emails about that incident, describing them as a "liberal mob" and an example of "the unhinged Left."
A longtime Trump ally, Graham split with the president this week in a Senate floor speech after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Graham insisted that President-elect Joe Biden was the lawful victor and saying "enough is enough" in regards to Trump's efforts to overturn the election results.
"It's not going to do any good," he said. "It's going to delay and it gives credibility to a dark chapter of our history."
But Graham has also resisted calls from many Democrats to remove the president, saying earlier Friday that he believes a second impeachment process would "do more harm than good."