Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to a recent tweet by Chelsea Handler that many have criticized as homophobic.
Handler tweeted Thursday, “If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.”
A TMZ reporter approached Graham Friday at Reagan National Airport to ask about the 43-year-old comedian’s comments, which imply that the notoriously conservative South Carolina senator is gay.
“It’s a free country, you can say what you want to say, I don’t care,” Graham responded. “I don’t think much about what she says at all. If she wants to live her life that way, it’s up to her.”
“To the extent that it matters, I’m not gay,” he added. “Belittling people is not as funny as it used to be, and that’s a good thing.”
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
The 63-year-old “confirmed bachelor” was one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s most passionate defenders during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations.
Handler was slammed earlier this year for another seemingly homophobic tweet suggesting Graham was being blackmailed with a “dick sucking” video.
Rosie O’Donnell likewise tweeted last month that the Republican senator was a “closeted idiot.”
While Graham has previously denied he is gay, some sites have reported his sexual orientation is an “open secret” in D.C. circles.
Watch the TMZ exchange below.