Just about everyone is familiar with Jussie Smollett's alleged hate hoax.
Now United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is accusing Pete Buttigieg of something similar.
Recently, Buttigieg called Mike Pence "anti-gay". Richard Grenell, who is gay, claims Pete Buttigieg is committing a hate hoax.
Here’s a tweet from 2015 that is barely mentioned. The hate hoax being perpetrated on my friend @VP Mike Pence is… https://t.co/FuNlERxNhx— Richard Grenell (@Richard Grenell)1555667995.0
Buttigieg was commenting on a video where Pence calls the former "don't ask, don't tell" policy too pro-gay for the military.
During an interview with Fox news Grenell said, after viewing the clip of Buttigieg calling Pence anti-gay:
"Mayor Pete has been pushing this hate hoax, along the lines of Jussie Smollett, for a very long time now, several weeks."
Grenell, who calls the Pences his friends, has said they are:
"...great…godly people [who] don't have hate in their heart for anyone."
He went on to talk about how Mike and Karen Pence know his partner and have accepted them.
Karen Pence has even accused Buttigieg of using her husband for notoriety. Grenell mirrored this by suggesting Buttigieg was only bringing up Pence's well-known stance on LGBTQ+ issues in order to encourage donations and gain attention as he runs for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for 2020.
Grenell questioned why Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay President if elected, would speak poorly against a man who has spoken so well of him in the past.
Buttigieg responded by saying:
"People will often be polite to you in person while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back, honestly and emphatically. So it goes, in the public square."
Jay Lockhart, a former press secretary, questioned why a sitting U.S. ambassador would be speaking out against a potential presidential candidate on TV.
@a_miehls @RichardGrenell @marthamaccallum Why is a sitting US ambassador going on TV to talk about a Presidential candidate?— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1555629270.0
Grenell responded to the tweet that he was defending his friend.
My friend was attacked. I’m defending my friend from a terrible & erroneous charge of homophobia. And I’m gay. https://t.co/PvJsPq1APy— Richard Grenell (@Richard Grenell)1555629977.0
There were many replies, wondering why Grenell seems to ignore Pence's Anti-LGBTQ+ stance.
@joelockhart @a_miehls @RichardGrenell @marthamaccallum Because they are afraid that Mike Pence and his anti-gay ag… https://t.co/aWVP9wULbZ— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)1555641751.0
Wait, what? Are you seriously denying that VP Pence has engaged in homophobia? I’m asking earnestly, not snarkily. https://t.co/kaSmrnMkfG— Jeremy Hooper (@Jeremy Hooper)1555634416.0
Okay, I’ve now watched the clip, and the answer is yes. Ambassador Grenell, a gay man, just claimed that… https://t.co/KE0K85kR6p— Jeremy Hooper (@Jeremy Hooper)1555637054.0
Buttigieg: Pence is cynically exploiting his religious faith to legitimize a serial philanderer in the eyes of evan… https://t.co/NiYW0KfpUy— Scott Bixby (@Scott Bixby)1554998665.0
The fact that Pence has not used an anti-gay slur against Buttigieg does not mean the mayor has no valid reason to… https://t.co/4pa3b9PUnH— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern)1554987816.0
@mjs_DC Lets not forget his pro conversion therapy stance either.— Laurie (@Laurie)1555390702.0
@mjs_DC It was painful but illuminating to read the article you provided. Thank you. (I had always loathed Pence fo… https://t.co/4fS7K58gpP— Nancy Molzon (@Nancy Molzon)1555006455.0
Lockhart was not the only one to find a sitting Ambassador inserting themselves into a political campaign inappropriate. GLAAD also called Grenell's Fox News appearance.
A sitting ambassador shouldn’t be going on TV to attack a Presidential candidate, @RichardGrenell https://t.co/FCscMPoNBq— GLAAD (@GLAAD)1555707766.0
In response, Grenell claimed GLAAD should support him because he's gay.
Odd that GLAAD wants to silence gays they don’t agree with. Are we all supposed to think the same?#realdiversity https://t.co/j3W57A6hRd— Richard Grenell (@Richard Grenell)1555711859.0
Whether it is an attempt to start a feud or an attempt to derail Buttigieg's run for President, it seems as though Pence and his friend Dick Grenell want to forget his history of anti-gay actions while in public office.
We remember, Mike and Dick, we remember.