Jay LeBlanc

President Trump went on the offensive against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday morning.

The president blasted Graham, his former rival for the 2016 Republican nomination, over comments Graham had made criticizing Trump’s response to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Graham said Wednesday that Trump was “dividing Americans” with his post-Charlottesville comments.

“Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them,” Graham said in a statement to CNN.

“Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like [Heather] Heyer,” Graham said. “I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”

Heyer, 32, was killed when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people Saturday in Charlottesville.

Trump followed his attack on Graham by taking aim at the “Fake News” on Thursday morning.