South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was accosted by supporters of President Donald Trump at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport near Washington D.C.
Several videos posted across social media show Graham being surrounded by Trump supporters as he sat in the airport, with many calling him a “traitor.”
“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,” Daniel Lippman of Politico wrote on Twitter with a video.
In the video, Graham can be seen receiving an escort from law enforcement officials, but the group of Trump supporters continues to follow him.
“Senator Lindsey Graham Seen In The Airport Surrounded By Concerned Citizens.. Chants Of Traitor Can Be Heard In The Background… Lindsey Had No Comment..” Twitter user Justice wrote with another video showing Graham being protected by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, while chants of “traitor” can be heard in the background.
Another video, posted to Twitter by Mindy Robinson, a former Republican House candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, with a caption that read, “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.”
The video showed Trump supporters continuing to surround Graham as he is escorted through the airport by police.
“You traitor, you traitor,” Robinson can be heard saying in the video. “Lindsey Graham, you are a traitor to the country. You know it was rigged….You garbage human being, it’s gonna be like this forever, wherever you go for the rest of your life.”
Some others can be heard chanting “audit the vote” referring to repeated claims of widespread voter fraud made by Trump and some of his allies.
Despite the crowds at the airport, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority informed Newsweek that the airport is continuing to operate normally today. The spokesperson also confirmed to Newsweek that no one was charged.
The criticism towards Graham comes a few days after he voted in favor of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.
“I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it,” Graham said on the Senate floor before a majority of the Senate voted to end overrule objections to Arizona’s electoral votes. “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.”
Graham added, “Enough’s enough. We gotta end it.”
Graham also criticized Trump for the violent protests that took place at the Capitol building on Wednesday, in protest of the Congressional certification of electoral votes.
“When it comes to accountability the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution,” Graham said on Thursday during a news conference in D.C.
Newsweek reached out to Graham’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.