DC: Richard Grenell, the openly gay U.S. ambassador to Germany, likened Pete Buttigieg’s attempt to portray Vice President Mike Pence as homophobic to a Jussie Smollett-style “hate hoax,” during a Thursday night Fox News appearance.
The tense back-and-forth between Buttigieg and the former Indiana governor, with whom he often worked in his role as South Bend, Indiana mayor, began earlier this month when he referred to the vice president at a LGBT event as if Pence had a “problem” with who he is as a gay man.
After playing a clip of Buttigieg referring again to Pence, this time taking aim at his position on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked for Grenell’s response:
Mayor Pete has been pushing this hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett for a very long time now, several weeks, and I find it really ironic that Mayor Pete stayed silent about this so-called hate hoax on him and others during 2015, 2016, 2017 when Mike Pence was governor. There was total silence. It’s ironic that right about now when he’s starting his fund-raising apparatus to run for president that he comes up with this idea and this attack.
Grenell then personally defended Pence and his wife, Karen: more