On Friday night, Bill Maher opened his “Real Time” monologue with a gratuitous suggestion about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sexual orientation — before continuing his attack against the Republican senator who has grabbed headlines during a busy news week later during the show.
Graham, Maher joked during his opening monologue, had long been “familiar” with the “back door.” But, the comedian concluded, as a “beta male,” Graham had grown accustomed to living in the shadow of his “alpha,” recently deceased Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. With McCain’s passing, Maher said, Graham had taken to President Donald Trump.
“Trump can either find people like him or make them like him,” Maher said of Graham’s fiery speech in defense of Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“Lindsey Graham needs the stabilizing influence of his dead boyfriend,” Maher joked to an outburst of laughter from his panelists, including CNN’s April Ryan and author Max Boot.
After Ryan pointed at Maher to clarify that “he said it!” Maher promised her: “You won’t get my politically incorrect cooties on you."
He continued: “Lindsey Graham has always been the beta male. John McCain was the alpha, he was the sidekick… And now he’s lost his protector, he’s lost his big brother, and now he’s always looking for protection.”
“That was a performance, also.”