Lindsey Graham Hits Back at Chelsea Handler over Gay-Shaming: ‘Lowest Kind of’ Humor
Breitbart: Lindsey Graham Hits Back at Chelsea Handler over Gay-Shaming: ‘Lowest Kind of’ Humor Lindsey Graham Hits Back at Chelsea Handler over Gay-Shaming: ‘Lowest Kind of’ Humor MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images /Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Goop 12 Oct 2018 Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday dismissed comedian Chelsea Handler’s continued gay-shaming of the Republican senator, agreeing that while homophobic jokes constitute the “lowest kind of bar” when it comes to humor, she is free to express whatever she pleases, no matter how vile it is.
In a brief interview with TMZ at Reagan National Airport, Graham was asked for his thoughts on a tweet Handler sent Thursday, in which she said Republicans likely “took a sick day today” because it was National Coming Out Day, an annual awareness day for LGBTQ members to celebrate coming out as gay. “Looking at you @ LindseyGrahamSC ,” Handler added, suggesting the senator planned to reveal he is gay to colleagues on the Hill.
If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay . Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
“I don’t think about much about what she says at all,” Graham said of Handler’s tweet. “If she wants to live her life that way, it’s up to her.”
“A lot of people struggle with that issue, do you think she’s equating homosexuality with being evil?” the cameraman asked the lawmaker.
“She knows zero about me. To the extent that this matters, I’m not gay,” Graham replied. “These comments, they don’t reflect well on her. I don’t know how this makes us a better country. That’s up to her, not me.”
TMZ asked Graham if he thought making jokes about one’s sexuality was the “lowest kind of bar” in today’s culture. “Yeah, I just think we’re moving on from that,” Republican said as he made his way to his gate. Belittling people is not as fun as it used to be and that’s a good thing.”
Handler’s tweets come after some of Hollywood’s most vocal Trump critics hurled homophobic insults at Graham over his vociferous defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation was thrown into question after decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against the judge.
Former television host Rosie O’Donnell lambasted Graham, referring to him as a “closeted idiot,” whose actions expose the “patriarchy” of gender relations in America.
fuck u u closeted idiot – this is the patriarchy exposed – this is reality deal with it !! #NoKavanaughConfirmation #NotMyPresident
— ROSIE (@Rosie) September 26, 2018
Comedian and LGBT activist Kathy Griffin, infamous for posing with a mock, bloody head of President Donald Trump, tweeted: “Look at Miss Lindsey Graham trying to be all tough! What?Does Putin have a picture of Lindsay fucking a donkey?”
Look at Miss Lindsey Graham trying to be all tough! What?Does Putin have a picture of Lindsay fucking a donkey? #KanavaughHearings
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 27, 2018
Not to be outdone, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel compared the South Carolina senator to Liberace.
“And once he got some camera time – somebody must have told Lindsey Graham that Donald Trump was watching because he lit up like someone left a thumbtack on Liberace’s piano bench,” joked Kimmel.
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‘He would be a great leader,’ Melania Trump said of then-boyfriend Donald Trump in 1999 ABC News interview
Before she became the nation’s first lady, ABC News spoke with Melania Trump when she was a supermodel dating the future president of the United States, Donald Trump , and asked her what she thought about being in the White House. Interested in Melania Trump? Add Melania Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Melania Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Melania Trump Add Interest On Dec. 3, 1999, the Slovenian supermodel, then-named Melania Knauss, 26, sat down with ABC News correspondent Don Dahler following a photo shoot in New York City for a North Shore Animal League America campaign. She and then-real estate mogul Donald Trump had met the year before during a party at New York Fashion Week.
Melania Knauss, the future Melania Trump, hugs a puppy during a 1999 interview with ABC News correspondent Don Dahler.
When asked if she could picture herself as first lady, Melania answered “yes,” adding that she would “support” and “stand by” Donald Trump and emulate first ladies of America’s past.
“I would be very traditional, like Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford,” she said then, adding that she would like to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for her charitable cause.
Melania Knauss, the future Melania Trump, holds a puppy during a 1999 interview with ABC News correspondent Don Dahler.
Melania shot down accusations that she was dating her 53-year-old businessman boyfriend for the money, saying you can’t “talk with” or “hug” beautiful things.
“They don’t know me,” she said of the naysayers, describing Donald Trump as “very kind” and “very charming.”
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Dahler later asked her if she was “in love” with Donald Trump, to which she replied, “Yes.”
When asked if she would be willing to sign a prenuptial agreement, given Donald Trump’s “history with acrimonious divorces,” she replied that she wouldn’t rule it out, adding, “Let’s see what’s happen.”
The cover of the New York Post newspaper reports the news of Ivana and Donald Trump’s split.
Multiple topics during the 1999 interview echoed sentiments Melania expressed throughout the 2016 election and her husband’s presidency.
Melania was cautious to speak openly about her desires to wed her then-boyfriend because she had been “misQuote: d” in the past, indicating that she had already developed a distrust for the media.
The supermodel smiled politely before declining to comment when Dahler asked if she would say yes if Donald Trump proposed.
“Media can be very tricky sometimes,” she said. “You need to be very careful.”
Melania Knauss, the future Melania Trump, smiles during a 1999 interview with ABC News correspondent Don Dahler.
She continued, “I like to have my private life, too. Yes, but I’m always open. I’m not shy of the media. I’m not shy about the camera. That’s my business. That’s my modeling career. But it sometimes could be very tricky and unpleasant, unfair.”
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When Dahler asked Melania whether it concerned her that her boyfriend referred to himself as “a playboy,” she said replied that it doesn’t bother her.
“It’s a man thing, and sometimes I find it very cute,” she said.
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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss watch the New York Giants take on the New York Jets from the sidelines during a preseason game, Aug. 28, 1999, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Dahler later asked whether she felt insulted or as if she were “just a pretty possession” when Donald Trump says things like, “Where’s my supermodel?”
“It’s his sense of humor,” Melania replied. “He’s very kind.”
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Melania also talked about what a “great president” and her boyfriend would be, stating that she said she believed he would eventually run.
“He’s very smart,” she said. “He knows how to do a business. He would be a great leader.”
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Photographers snap pictures as a beaming Melania Knauss and new husband Donald Trump leave the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla., after their star-studded wedding ceremony, Jan. 22, 2005.
Melania said she thought of the United States as a “dream” land when she was growing up in Slovenia.
“Your dreams could come true,” she said. “You could do a lot of things, wherever you decide to do.”
The couple later married in January 2005 at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s beachfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Tune in this Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 p.m. for the ABC News special, “Being Melania — The First Lady.”
GOP nominee caught in ‘creepy as hell’ video says he doesn’t remember – labels it a ‘poor attempt’ at humor
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Michigan’s Attorney General and the Republican nominee to become his state’s governor says he doesn’t remember appearing in a 1989 video clip that resurfaced Thursday.
Bill Schuette insists that what is being called “ creepy as hell ” behavior was just a “poor attempt” at humor. SPONSORED
In the video, which apparently is an outtake from an interview in which a camerawoman or producer asks him to move closer to a lamp, Schuette responded saying, “I will do anything you want. Some things I may not let you run the camera on, but I will certainly happily.” We obtained this footage of @SchuetteOnDuty , dated from 1989. It seems… interesting. Can anyone give us more information about this video and who the woman is behind the camera? #migov pic.twitter.com/1ErYoodZZV
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) October 11, 2018
Schuette was 35 and a U.S. Congressman at the time he made his apparently misogynistic remarks.
“That apparently was my poor attempt to be humorous 30 years ago,” Schuette said in a statement to The Detroit Free Press .
“The video, which appears to be edited with only one short portion shown, has been in the public domain for some time. It’s fortunate for me that Cynthia came into my life and let me know that I am not a very funny guy, but this is no less embarrassing to me today and I regret it.”
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“A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood’s political action committee said the remarks, directed at a female TV camerawoman, are an example of the ‘creepy behavior’ working women have to put up with all the time,” the Detroit Free Press added. Lori Carpentier, of the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan PAC, issued a statement Thursday that said: “Every day, women go to work and try to do their jobs while dealing with creepy behavior like this. It wasn’t funny then. It’s not funny now.” Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, Schuette’s Democratic opponent, said she imagines “everyone who’s watched it had the same uncomfortable look on our faces.” She said it’s more troubling that Schuette has spent his political career “attacking the rights of women and working to take away our access to contraception and health care.”
Not only has Schuette been attacking the rights of women, he has been at the center of attempts to quash marriage equality for years.
As NCRM reported Thursday, this past July Schuette, in his official capacity as Attorney General, claimed Michigan’s civil rights laws do not ban anti-LGBT discrimination .
In 2015 Schuette had to be ordered by a federal court to legally recognize the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples which had been legally performed in the state, after having claimed they “ never existed .” He previously had announced their marital rights were “ suspended .”
And maybe even worse, one year earlier, Attorney General Schuette in a case against same-sex marriage put on the stand a witness who told the court gay people are going to hell .