sometimes i remember when Jude started making up that story about his father in s1 and Connor was like ‘why are you lying?’
It reminds me of ‘why did you kick me at all?’ and at first i thought it was Connor’s sass showing but then i realised it’s a characteristic of Connor’s personality. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he looks up to Jude for being able to be open and proud about who he is, and he probably feels like there’s a clash in the image he built around Jude when he lies/kicks him.
I feel like Connor is a grounding presence in Jude’s life, he reminds him not to be impulsive when it comes to protecting his emotions, and Jude makes Connor a little bit reckless, he inspires him to be brave and confident.
They balance each other out. They fit.