#LindseyGrahamResign trends after Graham tells Trump Jr. to plead the 5th

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Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comments Monday that Donald Trump Jr. should “plead the Fifth” during a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee have sparked a social media campaign calling for the South Carolina Republican’s resignation.

The hashtag “LindseyGrahamResign” trended on Twitter Tuesday after Graham told reporters Trump Jr.’s lawyer would “have to be an idiot” to permit the president’s eldest son to testify, adding that Trump Jr. should “just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with.”

“This whole thing is nuts,” said Graham, who serves as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. “To me, it’s over.”

On Sunday, Graham said in a Fox News interview that Trump Jr. should ignore the subpoena altogether.

“If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell him, ‘You don’t need to go back into this environment anymore,’” said Graham. “Nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation. I would call it a day.”

The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Trump Jr. last week for additional testimony on top of the approximately 30 hours of testimony he’s already provided on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The social media campaign was started by liberal group The Democratic Coalition and had thousands of tweets sporting the hashtag by Tuesday afternoon.

Graham’s comments also drew criticism from fellow lawmaker Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. “This is not the Lindsey I know,” Manchin said on CNN Monday. “I can’t explain what’s going on right now in his thought process.”

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment via Twitter, tweeting “No Collusion. No Obstruction. No Resignation.” in response to the campaign.

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