Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted the media and Trump critics for their attacks on the administration's use of tear gas on groups of migrants trying to cross the southern border.

Graham (R-S.C.) said that their "narrative that Trump is a cruel, heartless bastard only works if he uses tear gas on kids."

He referenced the Obama administration's repeated use of tear gas at the border, including in late November 2013.

"When he uses tear gas, he's protecting the country," Graham said of the left's coverage of Obama's actions.

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Graham said that as a former military attorney, he knows the axiom that you "use the least amount of force possible to secure you and your mission."

In this case, Graham said the "mission" was securing the border and keeping the border agents safe from projectiles.

"You've got to really hate Trump to not see this caravan as a problem for the American people," he said.

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