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.
"Through his statements yesterday, President Trump 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 people like Ms. Heyer", Mr. He also said people on the "alt-right" and the "alt-left" were to blame for the violence, even though it was a self-proclaimed white supremacist who allegedly drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed a woman named Heather Heyer. "The people of SC will remember". He just can't forget his election trouncing.
Both senators have publicly called on Trump to issue a more emphatic statement rejecting white nationalism amid the continuing backlash over his equivocal response to the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Twitter spat Thursday came one day after Graham said that Trump's rhetoric is "dividing Americans". The president uses Flake's own last name as an insult.
McConnell - who Trump has repeatedly chided for failing to pass an Obamacare repeal bill - has voted with the president's position about 96 percent of the time. And there were signs that the divide between the loyalists and establishment Republicans is already shaping the mid-term political landscape.
Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his back-and-forth comments on Charlottesville, both decrying white supremacist groups and then on Tuesday backtracking by placing blame on liberal groups in addition to white nationalists. "For the sake of our nation - as our President - please fix this", Graham tweeted August 17, according to CNN. He added, "Now they're trying to make him some kind of racist".
Nevada Republican Danny Tarkanian, who is challenging Republican Sen.
"It was clear the media went out of their way to find fault with his statement", Tarkanian said. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admonished the president to fix, "for the sake of our nation", the fact that white supremacist groups praise the current occupant of the White House.