ALIPAC Demands Sen. Graham ‘Confess His Homosexuality’ for ‘National Security’
April 20, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The words, vile and odious come to mind, when reading the email attacking Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released by the extremist anti-immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC). William Gheen, ALIPAC’s president, is demanding that Sen. Graham “make his homosexual lifestyle public knowledge in the interest of political integrity and national security.” That’s right, Gheen is attempting to force a U.S. Senator to publicly declare his sexual orientation, because he doesn’t agree with Graham’s policies on immigration reform. And he even accused Graham of treason, suggesting that he was being blackmailed by people “who have the power to reveal his secrets,” to force him to perform “political dirty work.” Whether you support Sen. Graham or not, he doesn’t deserve this offensive attack from a wingnut race-baiting nativist.
Gheen first made his attacks against Graham, during a speech given at a tea party rally held in Greenville, SC last weekend. The rally provided a “cornucopia of racism, hate, paranoia and seditious calls to take up arms against the government.” The keynote speaker, former U.S. congressman Tom Tancredo, told the crowd that Obama should go back to Kenya.
During Gheen’s speech, he let loose a hateful rant of anti-immigration hysteria. “Illegal aliens and corrupt politicians have something in common: lying, cheating and stealing everything they can from the American taxpayer,” he said to a cheering crowd.
Gheen’s hatemongering demonized Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano and Graham for their policies on immigration reform. But he didn’t stop there. He then proceeded to accuse Graham of being a traitor to his country, because of his alleged closeted homosexuality:
“Since I’m on Sen. Graham’s doorstep, I have an announcement to make today that I have thought long and hard to saying to anybody.”
“[Graham] is the number one politician trying to pass amnesty for immigrants…”
“Sometimes I wonder what it would take to make a person sell their own country out like that. And there’s one thing that it could be. And I’m going to put it out in the open here today. It’s a secret that Lindsey Graham has…..I hope this secret isn’t being used as leverage over Sen. Graham. So, today I’m saying, Sen. Graham you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality. Come out of that closet. Come out of that log cabin closet.”
“I need to figure why you are selling out your own countrymen. And I need to know being gay isn’t it.”
After some of his remarks attacking Graham were reported on by ChattahBox and other media outlets, Gheen decided to double down and he released a lengthy email repeating his attacks in more detail, specifically mentioning “blackmail” and “national security.”
Below is Gheen’s email demanding Graham “confess his homosexuality to the public,” for the sake of national security:
“The national border security organization known as Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is officially calling for US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to make his homosexual lifestyle public knowledge in the interest of political integrity and national security.”
“ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen, addressed Graham’s homosexuality in a speech before thousands of Tea Party supporters on Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Greenville South Carolina where Lindsey Graham has offices. A brief clip of Gheen’s speech, which is out of proper context, has already gone viral on YouTube and been reported by Keith Olberman on MSNBC, Metro Weekly, The Guardian, and Metro Weekly without proper permissions or attributions.”
‘”US Senator Lindsey Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington DC know that, the general public and Graham’s constituents do not,” said William Gheen President of ALIPAC. “I personally do not care about Graham’s private life, but in this situation his desire to keep this a secret may explain why he is doing a lot of political dirty work for others who have the power to reveal his secrets. Senator Graham needs to come out of the closet inside that log cabin so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret.”‘
“Senator Lindsey Graham is the lone Republican in the US Senate trying to lobby other Republicans to sponsor a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty bill, which would legalize millions of illegal immigrants and turn them into competitive workers and voters, when the United States has over 25 million under or unemployed workers. ALIPAC considers Graham’s support for Comprehensive Amnesty legislation to be against the wishes of 80% of his constituents and against the best interests of the American people.”
“Senator Graham served in the US Military, which adopted a policy of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” regarding homosexuality during the Clinton administration. Prior to the policy change, homosexuality was considered a vulnerability to our national security because those with access to classified information and strategic resources were often blackmailed by foreign powers.”
‘”Barney Frank has more integrity and bravery than Senator Lindsey Graham right now,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC. “When you are a US Senator, the public deserves to know what might influence your decisions. Obama and Napolitano know about Senator Graham, now it is time for the rest of the country to know.”‘
“ALIPAC, one of America’s largest groups fighting against illegal immigration and amnesty, is releasing this full version of William Gheen’s speech containing the request for Senator Graham to confess his homosexuality to the public at this link”
Sen. Lindsey Graham is an unmarried man of a certain age, and his sexual orientation has been speculated upon for years. But he does not live an openly gay lifestyle. Although he has voted to deny rights to the LGTB community, he is not a rabidly anti-gay ideologue.
Gheen’s accusations that Graham’s sexual orientation makes him a traitor to his country are despicable.