Jeering supporters of President Trump accosted Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Friday at Reagan National Airport in Washington, angrily denouncing the Republican as a “traitor” and a “liar” for voting to formalize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.
“Traitor! Traitor!,” one girl could possibly be heard yelling in a pair of movies shared with The New York Times. “You said you had his back and you didn’t.”
“Get out of here,” one other girl shouted at Mr. Graham, who was as soon as thought-about Mr. Trump’s closest ally in the Senate. “You don’t represent America.”
The tense scene vivified the ongoing disaster unfolding in the Republican Party, as lawmakers, their voters and the nation reel from an revolt by Mr. Trump’s supporters that overtook the Capitol this week whereas Congress was assembly to rely the electoral votes.
Mr. Graham was removed from alone, as elected Republicans who rejected Mr. Trump’s try to overturn the election confronted intense backlash from their very own constituents, who’ve been persuaded by the president’s false claims that he received. Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, additionally had a nasty airport confrontation with supporters of Mr. Trump, whereas different Republicans had been accosted outdoors the Capitol by voters from their states who had traveled to Washington at the president’s urging to protest his election defeat.
After 4 years of standing beside Mr. Trump, together with some of his baseless claims of voter fraud, Mr. Graham made a clear break Wednesday evening after the mob had been cleared from the Capitol, saying “enough is enough.” He appeared to foresee the coming disaster.
“I cannot convince people, certain groups, by my words, but I will tell you by my actions,” he mentioned in the Senate.
On Friday, Mr. Graham could possibly be seen in another video, posted by Politico’s Daniel Lippmann, being escorted out of the ready space by uniformed law enforcement officials as a number of dozen folks harassed him.
“One day they will not be able to walk down the street,” mentioned one girl, carrying a T-shirt emblazoned with the preliminary “Q,” a reference to QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy motion. “It is today.”
Mindy Robinson, a self described conservative activist and commentator, posted yet another video by which a lady, apparently her, referred to as Mr. Graham a “garbage human being.”
“It’s going to be like this forever, wherever you go, for the rest of your life,” the girl taunted.