Donald Trump Shares Lindsey Graham’s Phone Number at Campaign Event, Takes Feud to New Levels

Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham
Donald Trump escalated his feud with Republican rival Lindsey Graham, sharing the South Carolina senator's phone number with the crowd at one of his campaign events Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Donald Trump isn't messing around. The Republican presidential hopeful took his war of words with rival Lindsey Graham to new levels on Tuesday, July 21, when he shared the South Carolina senator's phone number with people at a campaign event in Graham's home state.

"You have this guy Lindsey Graham, a total lightweight," the real estate mogul told the crowd, as seen in video posted by NBC News. "Here's a guy — in the private sector, he couldn't get a job…I watch this idiot Lindsey Graham on television today, and he calls me a jackass!"

In fact, Graham did insult his rival during a Tuesday appearance on CBS This Morning. "I don't care if he drops out. Stay in the race, just stop being a jackass," the senator said, referring to the recent controversy over Trump's comments regarding John McCain's military service.

"I'm looking for him to be a responsible member of the 16-person primary and stop saying stuff like this," he continued. "The world is falling apart. We're becoming Greece. The Ayatollah's on the verge of having a nuclear weapon, and you're slandering anybody and everybody to stay in the news. You know, run for president, but don't be the world's biggest jackass."

Trump retaliated by recalling how Graham had once asked him to put in a good word on his behalf at Fox and Friends. "And he gave me his number — and I found the card!" the Apprentice host revealed, holding up a piece of paper as evidence. 

According to NBC News, Trump proceeded to read the number out loud — twice. He said he wasn't sure if the number was still in service since several years had passed since he'd gotten it, but added, "I don't know, give it a shot." 

NBC confirmed with Graham's campaign that the number indeed belonged to the congressman — but it's a safe bet that he's already changed his business cards. After Trump's event, Graham alluded to the incident on Twitter, writing, "Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?"

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