Obama administration alumnus Ned Price retweeted a piece by NBC News explaining how the Trump administration has been rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during Pride Month.
It says a lot that the face of the Trump administration's supposed LGBTQ decriminalization push around the world, @RichardGrenell, was forbidden by his own administration from flying the rainbow flag on his Embassy's flag pole. https://t.co/6HZfCWYRqP
— Ned Price (@nedprice) June 7, 2019
Ambassador James Costos showed photos of the pride flag being raised in front of the embassy, right beneath the American flag, during the Obama administration. Obama, you might remember, is the president who lit up the White House in pride colors after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide … something he’d campaigned against but “evolved” on once re-elected.
Under the leadership of President Obama, we didn’t hang the pride flag on a wall, or hide it inside ths embassy; signaling second class status…we hung it proudly on the primary flag pole together with the American flag and celebrated it. #pride2019 #lgbtq 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/PEQN0Zb4tM
— James Costos 🇺🇸 (@JamesCostos) June 7, 2019
NBC News reports that although the administration denied three requests to fly the pride flag beneath the American flag on the flagpole, the pride flag was welcomed just about anywhere else, and German Ambassador Richard Grenell told NBC News he’d flown a huge pride banner on the side of the embassy:
The denial to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin is particularly jarring because the ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is spearheading an administration push to end the criminalization of homosexuality in roughly 70 countries that still outlaw it, as NBC News first reported in February. Grenell, the most senior openly gay person in Trump’s administration, has secured support for that campaign from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag,” Grenell said Friday in a statement to NBC News.
Grenell doesn’t sound too bothered. Meanwhile, let’s check in on Obama’s cherished deal-partners, Iran, on what they’re doing for Pride Month:
For LGBT pride month,Iran's foreign minister @JZarif said today executing gays is a moral Islamic principle in the Islamic Republic in Iran.German FM @HeikoMaas was silent
cc: @ella_braidwood @matbreen @MSignorile @PeterTatchell @nottherealjoe @Brian_Whit https://t.co/75KKAiuqwy
— Benjamin Weinthal (@BenWeinthal) June 10, 2019
In response to questions today in Tehran from a reporter for the mass circulation German paper Bild, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated his country’s lethal homophobic law and its opposition to the Jewish state and the US.
Paul Ronzheimer, a reporter for the Bild, wrote on Twitter that he asked Zarif two questions: “1. Where do you stand regarding Israel’s right to exist? 2. How do you deal with the executions of gays?”
Ronzheimer wrote that Zarif answered: “The problem is the aggressive policies of Israel and the USA.”
Regarding Iran’s execution of gays, Zarif said that: “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles we live. These are moral principles regarding the behavior of people in general. And that’s because the law is upheld and you abide by laws.”
The Post goes on to quote … Richard Grenell of all people, who’s spearheading the Trump administration’s effort to decriminalize homosexuality internationally.
Ok where is the outrage from the left?
— Tom on line ,🇺🇸✝️🎖🎣 (@TommyThomason) June 10, 2019
Well Done Barry! Well done!
Now, no outrage?
Left is okay with this?
— Steven Swanson ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@SrSwanson1) June 10, 2019
Where are the unhinged American liberals???
not a single Twitter response..
— Leonora Ruybal (@leonora_ruybal) June 10, 2019
Horrible, disgusting, reprehensible. What can we do, other than declare it so?
— Julie Colin (@JulieColin) June 10, 2019
Coming to a European country near you soon.
— Dr Earl W Duncan (@earlwduncan) June 10, 2019
Anybody heard from the Islamist infiltrators in Congress yet?
— Ben Dover (@biggeorge52) June 10, 2019
Yes, but the libs are happy and content because rainbow flags are being flown outside our embassies. Why worry about atrocities when virtue signalling feels sooooo good.
— 🇺🇸FormerFedPros🇺🇸 (@fed_pros) June 10, 2019
Let us know when they hold the Tehran Dyke March so we can bring our “Death to Israel” pride flags.
Oh, and one more time for laughs, ’cause the guys a giver:
I fly these flags 365 days a year. pic.twitter.com/MsI1uQzDZ0
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 24, 2019
Why not on the same flagpole, you homophobe? And get an iron or a steamer or something; that flag looks horrible.
Enforcers at the DC Dyke March refuse entry to those with Jewish symbols on their flags https://t.co/0xB9M7MpR0
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 8, 2019