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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has come under fire for referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham as “Lady G” in an old tweet that’s being slammed as off base and homophobic.
The Aug. 5, 2020 post sparked backlash when it resurfaced this week on Twitter, with several people calling on Psaki to apologize for using the “offensive” and “tone-deaf” phrase.
“Only in 2020 does #LadyG get to push a bunch of debunked conspiracy theories while questioning @SallyQYates (aka an American hero),” Psaki tweeted.
The comment came as former acting attorney general Sally Yates was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham (R-SC) chairs.
The hashtags #LadyG and #LadyGraham trended on Twitter last year after a gay porn star made a series of allegations against the South Carolina lawmaker online and claimed “Lady G” was his nickname among male sex workers.
Critics on the left have long insinuated that 65-year-old Graham is a closeted gay man because he was never married and had children, according to Fox News.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is under fire for a tweet she posted Aug. 5, 2020.Twitter
Richard Grenell, who served as former President Donald Trump’s acting director of national intelligence and is openly gay, wrote: “Homophobia and intolerance from the Left is growing.”
“This should be widely condemned. @PressSec,” he added.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald noted: “Liberals have full and complete exemptions from the speech rules to which everyone else is subjected.”
“Very disappointed someone in her position would embrace this style politics,” Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop said in a statement.
“It says more about her than it does about Senator Graham.”
Psaki did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has come under fire for referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham as “Lady G” in an old tweet.
Rod Lamkey – CNP/Sipa USA