Author and former child actress Quinn Cummings has tweeted that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, bested by Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in first-quarter fundraising, has probably been “topped” by a Black man before.
The tweet accompanied a CNN story about Harrison’s fundraising success.
Graham has been rumored to be gay, but he says he is not. Some who responded to Cummings’s tweet thought it homophobic, but others just found it funny.
Graham does not appear to have responded, on Twitter or elsewhere. The U.S. senator from South Carolina is generally a close ally of Donald Trump, although he was once a Trump critic. Harrison, who’s up against him in November’s election, raised $7.2 million in campaign funds in the first quarter of the year to Graham’s $5.6 million, according to the CNN story. But political observers predict reelection for Graham nonetheless.
Cummings is an author of several books and a podcaster. As a child star, she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for 1977’s The Goodbye Girl, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason.
Last year another celebrity tweeter, Broadway luminary Patti LuPone, was criticized as homophobic for saying Graham should “just bite the bullet and come out.”