Graham was surrounded by safety officers who walked him by means of the terminal as roughly a dozen folks adopted alongside the senator, calling him a “traitor” and saying, “You know it was rigged.”
The identities of the individuals are unknown, although a number of of them wore pro-Trump shirts and a spokesperson for Graham advised a few of them have been QAnon supporters.
In one video, first reported by Politico, a lady stood within the terminal carrying a T-shirt that learn “I love Trump” with a letter “Q” on the again — seemingly in recognition of the far-right conspiracy concept group – and yelled “One day you will not be able to walk down the street. It is today.”
In a separate video posted to Twitter by conservative activist Mindy Robinson, one other lady repeatedly yelled, “Audit the vote,” referencing an emergency 10-day audit that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pushed for when objecting to Arizona’s Electoral College outcomes.
Robinson mentioned Graham “made the mistake walking by me and a mass of angry patriots at the airport in D.C.”
“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,” she added.
Robinson attended the protest on the Capitol that become a violent riot after pro-Trump supporters stormed the constructing.
She later claimed that Graham missed his flight, however the senator’s workplace wouldn’t confirm the tweet, telling Fox News, “We don’t discuss security issues.”
Graham has discovered himself in scorching water with Trump’s followers after he refused to affix a handful of his GOP colleagues in objecting to the Electoral College votes, saying in a late Wednesday evening handle “enough is enough.”
Graham, who grew to become a Trump ally after being harassed by Trump on the 2016 marketing campaign path, mentioned that the president has had a “consequential” time period, “but today … count me out.”
“If you’re a conservative, this is the most offensive concept in the world, that a single person could disenfranchise 155 million people,” Graham mentioned condemning Trump’s repeated claims of a fraudulent election.
The South Carolina senator additionally threw his help behind Vice President Mike Pence, who refused to observe by means of with Trump’s calls for that he ship the outcomes again to the states.
After the U.S. Capitol breach Wednesday, Trump’s Twitter was frozen for a 24-hour interval. Though, following its reactivation, he has remained unusually quiet, posting solely thrice within the final day — most not too long ago to say he is not going to be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The final president who refused to attend his successor’s inauguration was Andrew Johnson in 1869.
Adam Shaw contributed to this report.