One of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress appears to be the latest far-leftist to buy into a homophobic conspiracy theory that posits that Donald Trump has been blackmailing South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham into submission via secret information about his sex life.
The theory first emerged over the weekend when the chairman of the Democrat Coalition Against Trump suggested on Twitter that the president is using information about the senator’s allegedly kinky lifestyle to keep him in line, i.e., stop Graham from publicly criticizing his policies.
A Republican just told me that he doubts @LindseyGrahamSC 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.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) January 13, 2019
This theory quickly spread like wildfire, with everyone from members of the media to now even members of Congress directly or indirectly touting it as some sort of legitimate hypothesis.
“They got to him, he is compromised!” newly elected Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar wrote Tuesday in a tweet that contained an old video of Graham denouncing the president’s alleged bigotry.
“I want to talk to the Trump supporters for a minute. I don’t know who you are, and I don’t know why you like this guy,” the video showed him saying to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
“I think what you like about him: He appears to be strong, and the rest of us are weak. He’s a very successful businessman and he’s going to make everything great. He’s going to take all of the problems of the world and put them in a box and make your life better.”
“That’s what he’s selling,” he continued. “Here’s what you’re buying. He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.”
They got to him, he is compromised! https://t.co/m8sB3EmElg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 16, 2019
According to Omar, the sharp contrast between this denouncement of Trump and Graham’s recent support for the president’s immigration policies, support for the president’s wall and support for the president’s SCOTUS pick last year suggests the senator’s been “compromised.”
*Update: Omar appeared on CNN Thursday and was confronted about her Graham comment. She was asked to give evidence for promoting the claim. Of course, she couldn’t.
Ilhan Omar sputters incoherently about her "compromised" claim on Graham, eventually admits it's just an opinion and has no proof. "The evidence really is present to us, it's being presented to us in the way that he's behaving." pic.twitter.com/SBwOissY6J
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) January 17, 2019
While the Muslim congressman didn’t explicitly say so, it’s clear her rhetoric is tied to the homophobic conspiracy theory trotted out over the weekend by the DCAT chair, as noted by social media:
@IlhanMN “Here’s an elected representative promulgating the homophobic conspiracy theory, without evidence, that Lindsay Graham is a gay, blackmailed, shill,” writer Tiana Lowe seconded
— Fumble Dew (@Fumbledew92) January 17, 2019
Nothing to see here, just an elected government official spreading a homophobic conspiracy theory about a prominent GOP Senator
— William (@LastWordWilliam) January 17, 2019
Seriously? You’re a United States Representative and you’re engaging in homophobic conspiracy theories on a national cable?
Wow! You should strive to do better then that, your constituents deserve a representative who will address their issues not engage in unbecoming conduct.
— Mz. J. (@jaybluuee) January 17, 2019
Ilhan, I do not know whether you tweeted this, or it was one of your staffers. This tweet feeds into, or otherwise gives a platform to homophobic LGBTQ bashing idiots. Stop now. Think before you post. Do attend AOC’s twitter class and get a clue.
— The Bum ⏳ (@TheBum15) January 17, 2019
The Democrats will now be known as the party of unethical, hateful, lying, homophobic, little people unfit to represent citizens. You should be ashamed of yourselves…but your have to have a conscience first. #WalkAway #WalkAwayFromDemocrats
— MommyInkwell (@mommyinkwell) January 17, 2019
Your hatred and homophobia are disturbing.
— jane says (@justjanedoee) January 17, 2019
Wow, so, are you gonna spend ur short time in Congress peddling antisemitic and homophobic conspiracy theories? pic.twitter.com/5DuA23usr9
— Vered Voss (@veredvoss) January 17, 2019
While Omar’s tweet was clearly not antisemitic, she does have a history of posting antisemitic and anti-Christian tweets. Such tweets have been completely ignored by the Democrat-aligned media.
What’s unclear regarding her latest tweet is whether she realizes that Graham made the remarks about Trump during the height of the 2016 GOP presidential primary in 2015. At the time every GOP presidential primary candidate was trading barbs with one another, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
During the election cycle Cruz referred to Trump as a “sniveling coward,” as a “big, loud New York bully” and even as a “pathological liar” utterly incapable of telling the truth.
Yet just like Graham, the Texas senator is now a fervent supporter of the president. Why then have Omar and her peers not accused him of being compromised? Why do their conspiracy theories only pertain to Graham, a man whom they believe without evidence is a closeted homosexual?
The stark contrast between her rhetoric about Graham and her non-existent rhetoric about Cruz strongly suggest her tweet is indeed just another iteration of Democrat Coalition Against Trump chair Jon Cooper’s homophobic conspiracy theory about the senator.
Not that the demonstrably left-wing media has any intention of calling Omar at over it:
Breathtaking bigotry, homophobia from a member of Congress. It’s not funny, and puzzling why Dems get away with outdated stereotypes and dumb conspiracy theories like this. https://t.co/5PePckchHG
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) January 17, 2019
Media covers for them so it won’t matter
— Jᴀqᴇn H’ghᴀr (@RealFacelessMan) January 16, 2019
— Dred (@Dred_44) January 16, 2019
In fact, the media’s been busy touting this exact same theory:
- Biden ‘not living up to’ promises to ‘restore’ American alliances says Tapper - September 18, 2021
- Judge rules prosecution can’t link Rittenhouse to controversial right-wing group - September 18, 2021
- Tucker shreds ‘senile and totally incompetent’ Biden for drone strike that killed 10 - September 18, 2021