In a video released by the Log Cabin Republicans, former Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell gave a litany of examples to buttress his claim that President Trump "is the most pro-gay president in American history."
Grenell, who Trump had briefly appointed to serve in his cabinet as Acting Director of National Intelligence, contrasted what he said has been Trump's consistent support of LGBT people with Democrat Joe Biden's politically expedient posturing.
"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 said. "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."
Grenell acknowledges Biden has now changed his mind, a move the diplomat says occurred only after gay people "made progress" on their own.
In addition to calling Trump "the first president in American history to be pro-gay marriage from his first day in office," Grenell also highlighted the president's efforts to limit the abuse of LGBT people around the world.
"As 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. While President Trump was denying the homophobic regime money, the Obama-Biden team was giving them billions of dollars. Joe Biden not only admits it, he says he'll do it again if elected president," Grenell said.
President Trump began a historic campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the globe at the United Nations, where he publicly challenged the 69 countries who make being gay a crime to change their laws. Gays and lesbians can be put to death in nine countries just for being who we are. So why did Joe Biden fail to make this issue a priority in his more than 40 years in Washington? He's never answered this question."
Appealing to the LGBT voting bloc has not been a previous focus for Republicans, but Grenell is confident that "there are tens of thousands of gay conservatives just like me" who will vote for Trump.