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WATCH: Top Republicans showered with boos from Trump victory crowd, prompting jokes from former president

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two top Republicans didn’t get the reception they expected from the crowd that gathered to celebrate former President Donald Trump’s victory in South Carolina’s Republican primary on Saturday. Probability is high.

After being recognized by President Trump during his speech, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and state Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick were met with boos that the former president was unable to quell.

“No, no, no, remember –” President Trump said with a laugh, trying to calm the crowd’s disdain for Graham. “I love him. He’s a good person,” he added, telling Graham to come to the microphone.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina speaks with members of the media as he arrives on the Senate Metro during voting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 in Washington, DC, USA. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The crowd continued to boo as Graham approached the podium and began speaking. He briefly praised Trump’s victory, but the boos continued, albeit muted, after he returned to his position on the stage.

A few minutes later, Trump acknowledged McKissic, but he was again booed, and Trump seemed surprised.

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Drew McKissick speaks to delegates at the South Carolina Republican Party State Convention on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina. (Joshua Boucher/State/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“We have a group of very opinionated people,” he said with a laugh. “I’ll tell you, Lindsey, they were very nice to you right away,” he added.

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Former President Donald Trump (center) speaks at the election night watch party at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Mr. McKissic, who was re-elected last year as party chairman, has dealt with a wave of infighting in recent years, while Mr. Graham, who some say abandoned Mr. Trump in the final days of his term after January’s presidential election. He continues to face harsh criticism from within his own party. Six protests at the U.S. Capitol turned violent.

Graham was one of the earliest elected officials to endorse Trump and has advocated for the former president to choose fellow South Carolina senator Tim Scott as his running mate.

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