Progressive Super PAC Head Floats Lindsey Graham Sex Kink Theory, Faces Backlash

"This is repulsive, homophobic gutter trash...of the kind that has been historically used for the most nefarious smears."

The head of a progressive super PAC is facing a backlash over tweets speculating that Sen. Lindsey Graham has gone from anti-Trumpster to a rabid pro-Trump supporter because he is being blackmailed over “some pretty serious sexual kink.”

Jon Cooper, Chairman of The Democratic Coalition, tweeted that an unnamed Republican told him he doubts Graham is “kowtowing to Trump (and indirectly Putin) because he’s being blackmailed over his sexual orientation (an open secret) or even financial corruption. Rather, he thinks it probably involves some pretty serious sexual kink.”

Cooper then said that, as an openly gay man himself, he wasn’t personally interested in Graham’s sex life, but rather was concerned with the “strong likelihood that he’s being blackmailed by the Russians.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is also gay, criticized Cooper’s tweet, calling it “repulsive, homophobic gutter trash,” and suggesting if it were being put forward by someone on the right it would be more widely challenged as such.

Greenwald retweeted a twitter account suggesting the “kink” was an interest in “little boys,” calling Graham “a Dennis Hasert (sic) holdover.” Dennis Hastert was a Republican who served as the Speaker of the House, who admitted to sexually abusing boys whom he had coached, and was sentenced 15 months in prison, 13 of which he served.

He noted that it was the type of response that could have been expected from Cooper’s vague claim.

Greenwald wasn’t the only one who took offense.

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