Wednesday, December 16, 2020. New York City – Today, liar Pete Buttigieg said on Twitter, “I’m mindful of the history of this appointment, knowing this is the first time an American president has ever sent an openly LGBTQ cabinet appointee to the Senate for confirmation.”
Why is Pete Buttigieg lying?
In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Richard Grenell as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. On April 26, 2018, he was confirmed by the U. S. Senate by a vote of 56 to 42. Richard Grenell was the FIRST openly LGBTQ+ person to be confirmed by the Senate. In 2020, Richard was named by President Trump as Acting Director of National Intelligence in his administration, making Grenell the first openly gay person to serve at a Cabinet-level in the United States of America. Grenell is the Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations.
Richard is a member of the Republican Party. He was a U.S. State Department spokesperson to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration. Grenell was a foreign policy spokesperson for Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign.
Why is the mainstream media lying?
On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Joe Biden nominated former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to serve as transportation secretary in his administration. The mainstream media says Pete will be the first openly gay Cabinet member. Pete Buttigieg and the mainstream media are lying.
If Democrat Pete Buttigieg is confirmed as transportation secretary, he will be the second openly LGBTQ+ cabinet member. The first was Republican Richard Grenell under President Donald Trump.
Political Consolation Prize?
Jake Johnson writes on commondreams.org, “Jeff Hauser, executive director of the Revolving Door Project, noted in a blog postTuesday that Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign “raked in large contributions from top executives at major technology and defense corporations like Google (from whom he received over $44,000), Apple (from whom he received over $16,000), Amazon (over $12,000), and Raytheon (over $8,000).”
“Public disclosures show that all four of these companies have repeatedly lobbied the Department of Transportation in the last year,” Hauser wrote. “Other major corporations whose executives donated to Buttigieg include Apple, Walmart, and Allstate, as well as several members on the boards of Boeing, JetBlue, and American Airlines (all of whom, again, have lobbied DOT in the last year). Bradley Tusk, a former lobbyist for Uber who made more than $100 million helping the rideshare giant expand operations in New York, was one of the Buttigieg campaign’s top fundraiser hosts.”
…as Politico put it Tuesday, “Buttigieg’s landing spot comes as a surprise given his thin transportation policy resume.”
Pointing to a list of significantly more experienced candidates Biden was considering before he picked Buttigieg, The Revolving Door Project tweeted that “the position of secretary of transportation should be granted to someone with actual expertise and passion for transportation issues.” “It should not be a political consolation prize,” the group added.”
Black Lives Matter organizer Jorden Giger: “Hurting Black communities is not worth the price of doing a political favor for Pete Buttigieg because he endorsed [Biden’s] campaign in the primary.”
List of articles that mention Richard Grenell as the first openly gay person.
“The Senate confirmed Richard Grenell, a gay Republican, as the U.S. ambassador to Germany on Thursday, filling the high-profile diplomatic position just in time for a White House visit this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Grenell, who was confirmed by a vote of 56-42, was the first openly gay ambassador nominated by President Donald Trump.”_nbcnews.com Friday, April 27, 2018.
“Donald Trump has appointed Richard Grenell to be the new acting director of national intelligence. Mr Grenell, formerly the US ambassador to Germany, is believed to be the first openly gay cabinet member.”_independent.co.uk Thursday, February 20, 2020.
“Last month, President Trump named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, acting director of national intelligence. The move immediately sparked criticism as latest example of Trump choosing a political loyalist for a nonpolitical job. But amid the controversy concerning the prudence of the appointment, its historical import has been obscured. For the first time in American history, an openly LGBT person will lead the intelligence community, a remarkable development considering that, until relatively recently, it not only denied employment to gay and lesbian Americans but thoroughly purged them from its ranks.”_brookings.edu Friday, March 6, 2020.
“President Trump has named Richard Grenell, the vocal and controversial U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the new acting director of national intelligence, replacing the current acting head of the nation’s 17 spy agencies… Grenell — who is openly gay and announced last year that he would lead a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality — was appointed in 2001 as U.N. spokesman by President George W. Bush and held the position for the next seven years, serving four ambassadors.”_npr.org Thursday, February 20, 2020.
“Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence hailed by gay conservatives for being the first openly gay Cabinet member…”_washingtonblade.com Thursday, August 27, 2020.
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