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WATCH: Richard Grenell says Trump is the ‘most pro-gay president in American history’

In a video from the Log Cabin Republicans, Grenell claims “for four decades, Joe Biden has attacked the LGBT community.”



On Wednesday, Log Cabin Republicans released a video of former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell laying out the case why he believes Donald Trump is the most “pro-gay president in American history.”

Grenell, who previously served as the Ambassador to Germany under the Trump administration, is the highest ranking openly gay official appointed by any administration. In the video, Grenell slams Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for “40-plus years in Washington” fighting against LGBT rights, claiming the former vice president only came around to supporting the gay community after decades of progress was already made.

“Donald Trump has done more in three years to advance gay rights than Joe Biden has done in 40 plus years in Washington,” he says in the video. “For four decades Joe Biden has attacked the LGBT community.”

The former intelligence chief points to Biden saying he believed homosexuals would be a “security risk” if appointed to high levels of government. He also highlights Biden’s long track record as a U.S. senator opposing gay marriage and defending the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy on gays serving openly.

After voting for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, then reiterating his opposition to gay marriage in 2004, Biden appeared on CNN two years later, saying, “Look, marriage is between a man and a woman. Tell me why [a constitutional marriage amendment] has to be put in the Constitution now? We already have a federal law that has not been challenged. No one’s declared it unconstitutional. It’s the law of the land, saying marriage is between a man and a woman.”

That same year Biden doubled down on his opposition to gay marriage. “You know, think about this. The world’s going to Hades in a hand basket,” Biden told anchor Tim Russert. ” I can’t believe the American people can’t see through this. We already have a law, the Defense of Marriage Act. We’ve all voted—not, where I’ve voted, and others have said, look, marriage is between a man and a woman and states must respect that. Nobody’s violated that law, there’s been no challenge to that law. Why do we need a constitutional amendment? Marriage is between a man and a woman.”

The following year, Biden maintained his opposition to gay marriage. “I have to ask you this because it does affect me and my family directly,” Biden was asked at a campaign event in Iowa in 2007. “But if, in the next five years, if you’re president, do you see gay marriage in the future?”

Biden responded: “I don’t. Here’s what I do see. I see an absolute guarantee of civil union with the exact same rights. Now, here’s the dilemma. Here’s the dilemma. The truth of the matter is states have made legal, through licensing, the performance of marriage what religions have essentially consecrated. That’s how they view it.”

During the October 2008 vice presidential debate, Biden vowed that “[neither] Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage.” Moderator Gwen Ifill pressed Biden, asking, “Let’s try to avoid nuance, senator. Do you support gay marriage?”

“No,” Biden responded.

Biden did not change his position on same-sex marriage until May 2012, almost 40 years after his election to the U.S. Senate, three and a half years after his election as vice president, and six months before the upcoming 2012 election.

Grenell also exposes how, as a U.S. senator, Biden voted to cut off federal funding to any school that taught acceptance of homosexuality. He points to the Obama-Biden administration’s financial support for homophobic regimes like Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah, and quotes Biden saying he was reinstate financial backing to Iran if elected president.

“When Donald Trump appointed me Acting Director of National Intelligence, the fact that I’m gay didn’t even faze Donald Trump,” Grenell says in the video. “Joe Biden certainly didn’t congratulate the appointment, or even acknowledge it.”

Grenell is only one of several openly LGBT appointees in the Trump administration. He also details the Trump administration’s effort to decriminalize homosexuality in 69 nations, to defund homophobic regimes abroad, and the president’s support for gay marriage since “day one” in office.

In a statement, Charles Moran, spokesperson for the Log Cabin Republicans, said: “Log Cabin Republicans, through our digital initiative OUTspoken, is proud to highlight the stories of real LGBT Americans working with and succeeding under President Trump’s leadership. Ric Grenell is a patriot and knows first hand the supporter we have in the President. This compelling narrative by Grenell is the first in a series of videos Log Cabin and OUTspoken will be releasing to amplify and elevate the voices of so many that the radical LGBT-left would rather cancel. Joe Biden has built his career voting against LGBTQ equality – President Trump not only has changed the trajectory of the Republican Party on the issue, but represents where a majority of Americans are now.”