Newly Confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Germany Becomes Highest-Ranking LGBT Person in Trump Administration

Richard Grenell has been confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. The vote was 56-42. He becomes the highest-ranking openly LGBT person in the Trump administration, and the only openly-gay ambassador. President Barack Obama appointed at least six openly-gay ambassadors during his time in the White House.

Grenell is a former Fox News contributor but is perhaps best known as being Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's spokesperson for foreign policy and national security, for a few days, until the far right and religious conservatives forced his ouster.

"Democrats challenged Grenell's caustic taunting of powerful women, often criticizing their appearance," The Advocate notes.

Grenell once tweeted that Rachel Maddow “needs to take a breath and put on a necklace.” He said she looked like Justin Bieber in another tweet. Other women he insulted included Calista Gingrich, who he accused of having hair that she “snaps on.” He insulted two women and former secretaries of State with one tweet: “Hillary [Clinton] is starting to look like Madeleine Albright.” Democrats were troubled that Grenell would be the envoy to a powerful American ally that's led by a woman — Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

"You know, respect for women and for people of different views and whatnot are essential for an ambassador, anywhere in the world," Democratic New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez told Grenell during his confirmation hearing.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.