Conservatives Outraged that WH Press Sec Called Lindsey Graham 'LadyG'

Sunday February 7, 2021

LadyG is the moniker a male escort gave Senator Lindsey Graham, the Washington Post wrote last June. Two months later White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted: "Only in 2020 does #LadyG get to push a bunch of debunked conspiracy theories while questioning @SallyQYates (aka an American hero)."

She was immediately accused by the right-wing site The Daily Caller of using a "gay slur." Graham's spokesperson Kevin Bishop told the DCNF: "Very disappointed someone in her position would embrace this style politics," Graham spokesman. "It says more about her than it does about Senator Graham."

Former Trump official Richard Grenell, who is gay, joined in the outrage, tweeting: "@PressSec should apologize to the gay community. This is the type of demeaning language we should all be against. This isn't partisan. @jrpsaki"

Also joining in was conservative former game show host Chuck ("The Love Connection") Woolery, who tweeted a link to a story from the website The Conservative Brief with the headline, "WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tweeted Slur At Lindsey Graham: Report."

"This is horrific," commented Woolery, who famously addressed his views on LGBTQ issues in 2012 when he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference the Huffington Post reported. At the event he slammed LGBTQ equality, saying said gays don't need civil rights. "In fact, he believes African-Americans need no civil rights," Michelangelo Signorile wrote.

"Majority rules," (Woolery) said, dismissing the idea that minorities need protections. "We were born with natural rights. We don't need civil rights. [African-Americans] don't need civil rights. They don't need them. They have inalienable rights granted by God in the Constitution. I mean, I'm discriminated against all the time. I don't care. It doesn't bother me."

The terms #LadyG and #Lady Graham became social media memes last June "in response to allegations made on Twitter by gay adult-film star Sean Harding against Sen. Lindsey O. Graham of South Carolina (the hashtag, along with the abbreviated form 'Lady G,' purportedly refers to Graham's nickname among male sex workers)," reported the Washington Post.

Graham has a long history of denying that he's gay. In 2010 he told New York Times Magazine: "Like maybe I'm having a clandestine affair with Ricky Martin. I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men. I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge — but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry."

(No need for him to be sorry.)

As for what is being said about #LadyG on Twitter, here is a sample: