South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responded Friday to a message from comedian Chelsea Handler that implied the longtime lawmaker is gay.
On Thursday, as part of #NationalComingOutDay, Handler tweeted: "If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC."
If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler)1539283881.0
What did Graham say?
While Graham walked through Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., a TMZ reporter caught up with the South Carolina lawmaker and pressed him about Handler's comments.
"Nah, it's a free country, she can say what she wants to say, I don't care," Graham told the reporter about the tweet.
When asked if Handler's comments are "homophobic," 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."
"She knows zero about me. To the extend that this matters, I'm not gay. And these comments, I don't think they reflect well on her and I don't know how [her comments] makes us a better country, but that's up to her not me," Graham added.
"Belittling people is not as funny as it used to be," he explained. "And that's a good thing."
Handler apparently stands by her tweet despite backlash. She has yet to delete it.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Handler has directed anti-gay hatred at Graham. In January, she blasted Graham with a homophobic slur for working with President Donald Trump.