Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell released an ad through the Log Cabin Republicans, lauding President Trump as “the most pro-gay president in American History.”
Grenell joined the Republican National Committee this week as a senior adviser focused on LGBT outreach, according to Fox News.
“As America’s first openly gay Cabinet member, I can confidently say that President Trump has done more for gay and lesbian Americans than any other president, and it is not even close,” Grenell said in a statement to Fox News.
The Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay and transgender conservatives, released an ad on Wednesday featuring Grenell lauding Trump’s work for the gay community. The video has since gone viral, with more than 3 million views as of Thursday morning.
“President Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history,” Grenell said in the ad. “I can prove it.”
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) August 19, 2020
He then set his sights on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his history with the gay community.
“As a United States senator, Joe Biden said gay people couldn’t receive security clearances because we would be a security risk. Joe must have been terrified when Donald Trump appointed me as acting director of national intelligence,” he said.
“The fact that I’m gay didn’t even faze Donald Trump. Joe Biden certainly didn’t congratulate the appointment or even acknowledge it. But his silence was deafening.”
Grenell went on to say that Trump has done more for the gay community in three years in office than Biden had in more than 40 years in office.
“For four decades, Joe Biden has attacked the LGBT community. As a U.S. senator, Biden supported ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the Defense of Marriage Act. Biden voted to cut off federal funds to any school that teaches acceptance of homosexuality. Biden said again and again that he was against marriage equality,” he said.
Grenell said he won’t be silent in his support of Trump and said others will join him.
“There are tens of thousands of gay conservatives just like me who also won’t be silent. Gay people don’t have to vote Democrat because Donald Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history,” he said while putting on a rainbow “Make America Great Again” hat.
Biden has come out in support of the gay community in recent years, and his campaign website pledges that he will stand with the LGBT community if elected president.
“As President, Biden will stand with the LGBTQ+ community to ensure America finally lives up to the promise on which it was founded: equality for all. He will provide the moral leadership to champion equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people, fight to ensure our laws and institutions protect and enforce their rights, and advance LGBTQ+ equality globally,” the campaign site states.
Author: Emma Colton