Trump supporters yell ‘traitor’ to Lindsey Graham at airport
Sen. Lindsey Graham was verbally harassed by at least a couple dozen Donald Trump supporters at Reagan National Airport on Friday after his public break with the president, according to a person at the scene who provided a video of the incident.
Several people repeatedly loudly yelled at the South Carolina Republican that he was a “traitor.” One woman called him a “liar,” while another said, “You work for the people, you work for us, do you hear me?” They promised not to touch him as he was surrounded by security.
The identities of the people shouting at Graham couldn’t immediately be identified, and it’s unclear if they attended the Trump protest on Wednesday that turned into a deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
Several of the Trump supporters followed Graham as he walked around the airport with security guards.
“One day [you] will not be able to walk down the street. It is today,” yelled one woman who wasn’t wearing a mask in violation of airport rules. She was wearing a “I love Trump” shirt with the letter “Q” on the back of the shirt, a likely reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Mindy Robinson, a conservative activist and actress, posted another video on Twitter of Graham at the airport, with the commentary: “Lindsey Graham just made the mistake walking by me and a mass of angry patriots at the airport in DC. All America wants is for you to AUDIT OUR VOTE and purge this election of this massive corruption…and you won’t do it. We’re not letting this ‘slide’ so expect more of this.”
On Wednesday night, Graham, who has often played golf with Trump and tried to influence his policy decisions, broke with the president, saying: “From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president. But today, first thing you’ll see. All I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.”
Kevin Bishop, a spokesperson for Graham, declined to comment, saying, “we don’t discuss security issues.”
On Tuesday, Trump supporters yelled “traitor” multiple times at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as he was on a plane on his way to Washington, D.C., from Salt Lake City because he wouldn’t support challenges to President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Another Trump supporter had earlier gone up to Romney at the airport and called him “a joke, absolute joke, it’s a disgusting shame.”