Gregory T. Angelo, the former head of Log Cabin Republicans, was spotted cheering on the president by Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson. Angelo led the group for LGBTQ Republicans from 2013 to 2018.
Angelo, who lobbied Congress in opposition to proposed legislation to secure full civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, is shown on C-SPAN standing on the White House lawn and beaming at the man who inspired insurrectionists to storm the Capitol building as Trump denied any responsibility.
While the organization declined to endorse Trump in 2016, in 2020 Angelo joined the administration as spokesperson for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Earlier this week, Angelo posted a photo of various awards he received at a White House ceremony to honor his six month appointment by the president.
Angelo applauds Trump, calling out “Thank you, Mr. President!” He snaps a few photos on his phone and then stands to listen as Trump denounced the second impeachment trial of his presidency.
“It’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics,” Trump said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing.”
After leaving the leadership of Log Cabin Republicans, Angelo became a staunch defender of the president. The group also lurched far-right, spending more time praising Trump and attacking Democrats than actually working on any policy issues after being shut out by Trump’s religious right allies.
In 2020, Log Cabin Republicans endorsed some of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians running for office including Donald Trump. Jerri Ann Henry, the first woman to lead the group for gay Republicans, reportedly opposed the decision to endorse America’s most anti-LGBT president and resigned following Trump’s endorsement.
Several board members also quit the organization and moderate Republicans fled the organization.
A special afternoon at the @WhiteHouse being honored for work saving American lives. Very appreciative of the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at @ONDCP in support of a common goal, and honored to be appointed by President Trump to serve my country in this capacity. pic.twitter.com/dp8Zt6B7Hx
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) January 12, 2021