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MSNBC Panelists Fall on Floor Laughing Suggesting Lindsey Graham is Gay: ‘He’s Never Seen a Vagina!’

Mediaite has a breakdown as to how Lindsey Graham became the laughingstock of a recent MSNBC segment regarding women losing the right to choose what is best for them, the “pro-choice crowd.”

But before we do, something should be noted. First of all, being gay isn’t shameful, and yet with Lindsey, it is often used as a chuckle that we’d condemn were it anyone else. Second, Democrats used to give Lindsey cover. See, there was a time, maybe from 2006 to 2017-2018, when Democrats actually liked Lindsey Graham. New Democratic staffers on the Hill would blurt something out and be quickly told, “No, Lindsey is a good guy. No jokes about Lindsey.” Meanwhile, even as everyone “inside” knew that Lindsey was likely gay, it was important to Democrats to protect him and never bring that part up.

This was all before McCain died, and Trump went golfing with Lindsey when he went total MAGA. Now, Lindsey is even dividing the Republican party by putting forth a bill to nationalize a near-total abortion ban. And it was in that context that Lindsey got mercilessly mocked on Stephanie Ruhl’s MSNBC show. So mocked that it’s likely the panel crossed a line, though – it should be said, the panel was composed of women, and the guy writing this is ensconced in the body of a guy.

It began with Ruhle noting that putting the bill forward was bad politics because it’s not even supported by half the GOP. Transcript and comments from Mediaite:

Why do this? Republicans don’t even support it across the board. He’s dividing Republicans. It’s not like you can get white evangelical voters to vote for you twice. And now they’re knocking out a ton of other potential new voters.”

There were several immediate responses, including Plank pointing out that women are registering to vote in swing states in response to the abortion issue.

“And, the fact that he is telling women what to do with their bodies,” Gold began. She paused a second before Giles nodded and said, “Go for it.”

“He’s never seen a vagina! He’s never seen a naked woman!” Gold blurted, as the whole panel laughed it up, including Stephanie Ruhle. “And he is telling me?”

Well, yeah. But the counter to that is that there are guys out there, ahem, who have perhaps seen too many, to the point it’s a bit disrespectful, and neither of these types of should be deciding for all of womanhood.

Ruhle saved herself and good taste:

“We don’t know that for sure. We do not know that for sure.”

But we do know that we don’t mock people for being gay, and we don’t hold gay men any more accountable than straight man wh*res for pushing their beliefs on women. The women got it straight later on:

“It really makes me uncomfortable that a guy, that a man — even in the press conference, there he is in front with these two meek women standing beside him,” said Giles.

“And Marco Rubio, don’t forget,” Insana added.

Correct, “that a man,” of whatever sexuality, and it’s just as distasteful when Marco, a married man, advocates the same thing.

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Nicole Hickman is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.