Trump dials up trouble for rival Graham
DONALD Trump has pushed back harder against Republicans fed up with him, disclosing one rival US presidential candidate’s mobile number in a fiery speech that escalated his feud with his own party.
Senator Lindsey Graham, whose phone number Mr Trump read to an audience in South Carolina, called him a “jackass”, only to find the billionaire’s supporters jamming his phone line.
Mr Trump is now at odds with much of the Republican Party establishment after a series of incendiary comments, topped by his weekend mocking of Senator John McCain’s experience as a tortured prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Senator Graham, a friend of Senator McCain, betrayed the growing anger of many in the party when he said Mr Trump had “crossed the line with the American people”. “Don’t be a jackass. Run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass,” Senator Graham said.
Mr Trump responded during his speech by calling Senator Graham an “idiot” and a “lightweight”.
He then held up a piece of paper and read out the Senator’s mobile phone number to the capacity crowd of 540 people and the television audience.