Never in a million years did we think we’d be writing a post defending Lindsey Graham, but hear us out for a sec…
Last week, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary committee in what will likely go down in history as the most bizarre and incendiary judicial interview process in history.
During the hearing, Graham, who has long been dogged by gay rumors, had an emotional outburst, shouting his support for Kavanaugh and calling the whole hearing an “unethical sham” and “the most despicable thing I’ve seen in politics.”
It was quite dramatic, to say the least.
Many responded to Graham’s tantrum in a way one might not expect from people who identify as liberal or progressive… by hurling antigay slurs while cracking misogynistic gay jokes about the senator.
First came the tweets…
“Donald Trump knows I’m a closeted gay man and is holding it over my head.” -Lindsay Graham.
— Yvette (@TheSciBabe) September 27, 2018
you idiots missed his LIES to that same committee in the bush years so like. go fuck yourself, you stupid fag @LindseyGrahamSC
— deloris van cartier (@jlojno) September 28, 2018
— Ronald Corriveau (@HANDIWORKNH) October 1, 2018
Well and @LindseyGrahamSC and his live-in campaign manager oh I mean lover. I am a gay man and think it's time we doing another outing like in 2004-08 on politicians.
— Eric Williamson (@ericpoeperic) September 28, 2018
The sad thing about @LindseyGrahamSC, is that the thing he worries the blackmailer will reveal is already common knowlege. We all know you're gay, Lindsey, and it's OK. It's 2018 for christ's sake.
— Gen JC Christian, Dude (@JC_Christian) September 30, 2018
. @LindseyGrahamSC is a closeted gay republican right? That’s why he’s so angry?
— Luxie (@Luxie313) September 27, 2018
Let's try to have a little patience in our hearts for .@LindseyGrahamSC . It has to be hard living as a closeted gay man in the South, for so very long. Then on a national stage. It's so hard, he hates himself. And his hate spills over. Love you brother. Be best.
— April May (@aprilmaywilson) October 1, 2018
Okay one of you fags has hooked up with Lindsey Graham—who is outing him?
— Daddy Nobucks (@Eviljohnny) September 27, 2018
Then came the memes…
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“The Devil’s Triangle” We’re just missing #VladimirPutin #DonaldTrump #MikePence #LindseyGraham #BrettKavanaugh #ChristineFord #BelieveSurvivors #BelieveWomen #NotMyPresident #Politics #Gay #GayGuy #GayMan #LGBT #LGBTQ #VoteDemocrat #BlueWave #BlueTsunami #DevilsTriangle #POTUS #SCOTUS #stopkavanaugh #Resist #Resistance #aquariussolrac #alcoholic #FuckTrump #FuckTheGOP
Even Saturday Night Live got in on the action by having Kate McKinnon impersonate 63-year-old Graham in a skit that included no shortage of jabs at his rumored sexual orientation.
Now, we totally get it. Lindsey Graham is not a good guy and certainly no ally to the LGBTQ community.
Not only did he oppose the repeal of DADT and gay-inclusive immigration reform, but he was also staunchly against gay marriage, calling it a road to polygamy.
And the way he behaved last week was embarrassing both for himself and for the country.
But surely there are ways to criticize him that don’t involve cracking lame gay jokes or, worse, using homophobic slurs against him?
What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below…