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Sunday, March 8, 2020
CNS Suddenly Realizes Trump Apointee Is Gay

We've noted that one of the very few areas in which dares to delve into the mildest criticism of President Trump is when he fails to hate gays enough by appointing an LGBT person to a government position such as judge. it's done it again, albeit belatedly so.

When Trump appointed Richard Grenell as ambassador to Germany, CNS was silent on the fact that he was gay, even though their Media Research Center colleague, Dan Gainor, helped get Grenell ousted from his position as a spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign after declaring that having a spokesman who's gay was "not conservative." It wasn't until Grenell was made the leader last year of a planned Trump administration effort to decriminalize homosexuality in other countries that CNS made note of Grenell's sexuality, pointing out that he was "the highest profile openly gay person in the Trump administration."

On Feb. 19, Trump appointed Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence. CNS was largely quiet about his sexuality at first, with Susan Jones noting only that "Trump critics fumed that Grenell is a partisan operative, a political stooge, who knows nothing about national intelligence." But two weeks later, it seems that someone at CNS finally remembered that Grenell is gay; an anonymously  written March 2 item carried the headline "Trump Makes Gay Man With Same-Sex Partner Acting Head of U.S. Intelligence Community" and complained:

President Donald Trump has put Richard Grenell, a gay man with a same-sex partner, in the position of acting Director of National Intelligence, the cabinet-level official who oversees the U.S. intelligence community.


On May 3, 2018, when Vice President Mike Pence swore-in Grenell as ambassador to Germany, he welcomed the presence of Grenell’s “partner,” Matt Lashey. Lashey held the Bible that Grenell put his hand on when he took the oath to God to uphold the Constitution and faithfully perform the duties of his office."

The article quoted a New York Times article noting that Grenell "abruptly resigned" Romney's campaign "after antigay elements in the party criticized his appointment" but did not note that one of those "antigay elements" was employed by the organization that operates CNS.

Three days later, another anonymously written article grumbled that Grenell invoked his Christian faith in expressing pride in his sexuality in an interview:

Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany whom President Donald Trump has now named the acting Director of National Intelligence, said in an interview on “The Rubin Report” that being gay makes him a better Christian.

You know, I think being gay makes me a better Christian--to be honest,” Grenell said in the interview.

When Grenell was sworn by Vice President Mike Pence, his partner Matt Lashey held the Bible.


“I was made this way, right, and the Bible says everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made,” said Grenell.

“I was made this way. I was born gay,” he said. “So, the fact of the matter is I fully embrace that I was made this way in the image of God and you can be gay and be a Christian. And there’s no problem with it.”

Grenell said in the interview that the “translation” of the Bible from the 1950s “somehow takes the word homosexuality and puts in into a different context.”

“You really have to go back to the original language, the original Greek, and really understand what the words were when the translation in the 1950s somehow takes the word homosexuality and puts it into a different context,” he said.

Somehow, the self-procalimed Christian scholars at CNS restrained themselves from lecturing Grenell on correct Bible interpretation.

Weirdly, though those two articles officially state they were written by " Staff," a search for them through the CNS archive reveals they were apparently entered under the account of editor in chief Terry Jeffrey. Doesn't Jeffrey want to publicly admit he hates gays as much as his lieutenant, managing editor Michael W. Chapman?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:03 PM EST

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