Gay GOP troll Richard Grenell was given a dose of his own medicine on Veterans Day when reporter Ken Klippenstein tricked him into sending well wishes to a war criminal on Twitter.
Grenell, who has a notoriously antagonistic history with the press, served as ambassador to Germany and as acting National Security Director in the Trump administration. After leaving, he led a quixotic campaign to gin up support for the anti-LGBTQ president in the queer community.
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Grenell, who has regularly taunted the media on Twitter and prides himself on his grasp of international affairs and the military, was sent a flattering message by Klippenstein that asked him to wish “my grandpa” a happy Veterans Day.
The message included a black and white photo of former United States Army officer William Calley, a war criminal convicted by court-martial for the premeditated killings of unarmed villagers during the Vietnam War. American soldiers took the lives of between 347 and 504 people in the My Lai Massacre.
Grenell replied privately in screenshots shared by the journalist, asking for the fictitious grandfather’s name. Klippenstein responded with the soldier’s real name – Bill Calley.
“Thank you for your service, Bill Calley! #VeteransDay,” Grenell tweeted shortly after.
“Happy Veterans Day!” Klippenstein responded, sharing screenshots of the tweets, DMs, and a screenshot of the Wikipedia page for Calley. The first photo shown of him is the one sent to Grenell that he subsequently tweeted himself.
Grenell quickly complained about the “sick jokes” online and proclaimed “DC is a sick city,” tagging Klippenstein.
Podcaster Jason Bailey responded back on behalf of everyone, “Cry more, dumbfuck,” a reference to to U.S. Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn’s (R-NC) words from earlier this week when he was announced the winner of his race: “Cry more, lib.”
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann also shared the story, calling Grenell a “towering imbecile.”
While ambassador to Germany, Grenell was reportedly actively shunned by German government officials who found him rude and ignorant. His history as a Twitter troll almost cost him the confirmation he needed to be the ambassador.
Calley, who is still alive, did not respond back to the warm wishes from Grenell.
Happy Veterans Day! pic.twitter.com/cotDkDUGs6
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) November 11, 2020
Duped. Trying to be helpful to people who reach out on Veteran’s Day.
It’s a shame people would do this on a day like today.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 11, 2020
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 11, 2020