A controversial radio host known for her outspoken, anti-gay opinions has suggested Hillary Clinton may secretly be a lesbian.
Sandy Rios, a Fox News contributor who also hosts a radio program backed by conservative Christian group American Family Association, claimed Tuesday that the former Secretary of State’s recent announcement of support for same-sex marriage might hint at Clinton's sexual identity.
(This is a tactic Rios has used in the past. In November she suggested United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who openly supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, might herself be gay.)
Clinton's "love of homosexuality goes back a very long way," Rios said during Tuesday's recording, posted online by Right Wing Watch.
After mocking Clinton's voice and appearance, Rios launched into the crux of her attack:
Hillary Clinton, there have long been rumors about her sexual persuasion; if you don’t know that you need to know that. I can’t confirm or deny anything; I just remember that Dick Morris was the first one to raise this publicly. He worked with Bill and Hillary Clinton for a number of years and he said on public television, I was shocked because I knew about the rumors, he actually alleged that Hillary... was a lesbian.
Morris, who was recently fired by Fox News, did indeed suggest that Clinton is a closet lesbian -- and he is not the only one to have done so. In her salacious 1995 tell-all about a sexual encounter with Bill Clinton, Gennifer Flowers made a similar suggestion, as did Village Voice columnist Michael Musto.
In 2007, Musto wrote a column citing "whisper campaigns" that claimed Hillary Clinton was "Gayle King-ing her aide de campe, the glamorous Huma Abedin, an Indian/Pakistani goddess from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In other words, Hillary may be putting Huma out there in the press and purposely making her more visible as a pre-emptive strike that amounts to her hiding in plain sight."
A few months later, Clinton officially refuted any such rumors during a politely redundant interview with The Advocate's Sean Kennedy.
"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over," Clinton told the magazine, according to CNN. “People will say what they want to say."