Somebody has to make the argument and that somebody is Richard Grenell.
“President Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history. I can prove it,” says Grenell in a new campaign video released ahead of this week’s Republican National Convention.
Grenell is scheduled to speak Wednesday on the convention’s third day. The theme is “Land of Opportunity.”
“President Trump has done more to advance the rights of gays and lesbians in three years than Joe Biden did in 40 plus years in Washington,” Grenell goes on to claim in his video.
Grenell, 53, most recently served as the acting Director of National Intelligence. A gay man, Grenell said Biden has never congratulated or acknowledged his diplomatic work.
In the video, produced by Log Cabin Republicans, Grenell highlights his role as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
“President Trump fully supported our fight to crush the homophobic and barbaric Islamic terrorist organization Hezbollah and the Iranian regime that supports them,” Grenell said.
Grenell also notes Trump’s remarks during a 2019 appearance at the United Nations where, “he publicly challenged the 69 countries who make being gay a crime to change their laws.”
Equality Florida spokesman Brandon Wolf doesn’t believe it.
“The notion that Donald Trump is an ally to our community is delusional,” said Wolf in an appearance on MSNBC. “He’s an amateur fascist who’s been terrorizing us from Day 1. He needs to go.”
In an editorial published last week, Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff described Grenell as a “gay toadie.”
“Again, these delusional sycophants cherry-pick empty Trump gestures to justify their support while ignoring a tidal wave of attacks on LGBTQ Americans,” Naff wrote.
Naff reminds readers of the Trump administration’s hostile record on transgender issues and the RNC’s platform position of ending same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, multiple Florida political figures are scheduled to participate in this year’s RNC. They are Former Attorney General Pam Bondi, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, panhandle Congressman Matt Gaetz and Parkland parent Andrew Pollack. Trump is slated to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night from the White House.
White House Watch is a weekly column on the 2020 presidential election. It is authored by John McDonald, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, the boyhood home of John Lewis.