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Broadway Star Patti LuPone Facing Backlash After Suggesting Lindsey Graham is Gay

Broadway legend Patti LuPone has drawn harsh criticism for an attack on Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, suggesting that he is gay.

Graham, a lifelong bachelor, has flatly denied rumors that he is gay in the past.

“To the extent that it matters, I’m not gay,” Graham said in October, responding to a tweet from comedian Chelsea Handler implying that he was gay.

Graham, a close ally of Donald Trump who golfed with him over the weekend, has remained a staunch defender in Trump’s recent battle with Rep. Ilhan Omar and her “squad” of freshman Congresswomen.

Nevertheless, Graham advised Trump to “aim higher” during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” even as he accused the four Democrats of being “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American.”

“Lindsey Graham you are a disgrace. On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses,” LuPone tweeted on Thursday.

LuPone, who won a Tony in 2008 for her leading role in the musical Gypsy, drew swift backlash from critics who called her remark “homophobic”.

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It is hardly the first time that people have suggested that Graham might be hiding his sexual preferences.

In January, an MSNBC anchor implied that Trump is somehow blackmailing Graham – and suggested the lawmaker has a “pretty extreme” secret.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, got in on the act at the time, responding to a remark on Twitter about Graham with: “They got to him, he is compromised!”

Twitter quickly lashed out at Ms. LuPone:


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