Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) backed Donald Trump on Thursday by supporting Israel’s decision to ban Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from entering the nation.
“They are duly elected members of Congress, I get that, but they are openly supporting the [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement which would be an economic boycott of the state of Israel and basically destroy the state, so I understand both sides of the story here,” Graham told reporters from WLTX, a CBS-affiliated television station, on Thursday.
When asked if he thought it was a mistake on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s part to change his position after initially saying the lawmakers would be allowed in, Graham said “probably not” in terms of Israeli politics.
“From my point of view, there have got to be consequences to your behavior. If you openly joined an international movement to destroy the state of Israel, then you’ll suffer the consequences,” he added.
Senator Graham on Rep. Tlaib and Omar via @WLTX: "From my point of view, there have got to be consequences to your behavior. If you openly joined an international movement to destroy the state of Israel, then you'll suffer the consequences." pic.twitter.com/W0j1VaWaDt
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Trump had called out the Isreali government on Thursday morning prior to their decision to ban the two Congresswomen. Trump said allowing the Muslim American Democrats into Israel would show “great weakness.”