They tried so hard to celebrate the fact that Pete Buttigieg was the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet … another stunning first from the Biden administration. The only problem is that it wasn’t a fact — they twisted and turned and grasped, but in the end, had to admit that Richard Grenell was the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet. Here’s NBC News’ deleted tweet and correction:
Correction: Buttigieg is first openly gay person to be confirmed as a Cabinet secretary.
Under Pres. Trump, Richard Grenell served as acting director of national intelligence and is openly gay, but did not face confirmation as an acting director.
A new tweet will be issued. pic.twitter.com/mKRFDGp2Gs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 2, 2021
Splitting hairs, are we?
Serial fabulist Aaron Rupar seems butthurt that Donald Trump Jr. would suggest that Buttigieg was a diversity hire — that’s nothing but “unvarnished homophobia.”
"He's the gay guy, so we gotta give him something, let's make him Transportation Secretary" — unvarnished homophobia from Donald Trump Jr on Newsmax pic.twitter.com/L4VuGQANi8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2023
That's just reality. He would have never gotten the job if he wasn't gay and everyone knows it.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) February 23, 2023
It it didn’t matter that he was gay, the media certainly didn’t get the memo. Here’s Grenell:
They gave him the job BECAUSE he’s gay! Everyone knows this.
They announced his sexuality as they named him – which is so demeaning and exploitative.
Don, Jr isn’t remotely homophobic. But you are so straightphobic! https://t.co/3SVhif3M37
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 23, 2023
Rick they will never get it. We don’t dislike @PeteButtigieg because of his sexual orientation… we dislike him because he does a TERRIBLE job at EVERYTHING and has a disdain for everyday Americans.
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) February 23, 2023
His "only" job is to be gay, he has no other real function.
— Bill Dunaway (@BillDunaway3) February 23, 2023
All of these "I checked-the-box" hires are imploding.
— TracyRose1990 (@Rose1990Tracy) February 23, 2023
He didn't get the job because he is
SUPER DUPER MAYOR GUY
— THUNKOLOGY (@thunkology) February 23, 2023
Donald Jr. was 100% right…
— Nabiy Allen Coleman Jr (@NabiyAECJr) February 23, 2023
Who are you again?
— Scbx3 🇺🇸❤✌️🌊☘️🇮🇪 (@Scbx3isme) February 23, 2023
I remember when Donald Trump appointed the first gay Senate confirmed cabinet member and somehow the media seemed to never know yet we hear about Pete's sexuality constantly. If he wants to be known by his private life, Pete deserves to have it discussed.
— Phil (@P_dknight) February 23, 2023
Kind of like we need a black woman Vice President.
— Paul Rangel (@PaulRan81087017) February 23, 2023
What, it’s not like Joe Biden promised that his running mate would be a black woman.
Diversity hire Karine Jean-Pierre made it pretty clear Thursday how important diversity hires were in the Biden administration:
Jean-Pierre: "The Cabinet is majority people of color for the first time in history. The Cabinet is majority female for the first time in history. A majority of White House senior staff identify is female and a record 7 assistants to the president are LGBTQ+." pic.twitter.com/BLlEfrwO3E
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 23, 2023
This is literally all they care about.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 23, 2023
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See what he did there? Richard Grenell congratulates openly gay presidential cabinet member Pete Buttigieg on his historic achievement https://t.co/eXMp4xPAKy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 2, 2021