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Trump’s favorite gay toadie mocked for ignorant statement about federal jobs

Out former ambassador Richard Grenell attempts to persuade LGBTQ voters to choose President Donald Trump in the 2020 election in a video for the Log Cabin Republicans.
Out former ambassador Richard Grenell attempts to persuade LGBTQ voters to choose President Donald Trump in the 2020 election in a video for the Log Cabin Republicans.Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Donald Trump’s favorite gay lackey Richard Grenell is getting roundly mocked online for a bizarre claim against D.C. statehood.

The House of Representatives passed a bill today to make the nation’s capital a state in order to rectify the fact that D.C. residents aren’t represented in Congress. Democrats supported the measure while Republicans opposed it.

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In the lead-up to the vote, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell – who helped Donald Trump’s campaign with “LGBTQ outreach” last year – joined the debate online with a novel argument.

“No state should have all the Federal jobs,” the former acting Director of National Intelligence said. “If DC becomes a state then the federal government must move out of DC and disperse itself among the states.”

As people were quick to point out, hundreds of thousands of federal employees live outside of D.C.

There are around 700,000 people who live in D.C. and they don’t have representation in Congress, despite the fact that Vermont and Wyoming have smaller populations.

D.C. residents don’t even get to determine what happens in their own city. In 1992, the D.C. Council passed the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act, which created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. For 10 years, Congress blocked the city from using funds for same-sex partner benefits under this law since measures passed in D.C. are subject to Congressional approval.

The issue came to a head earlier this year when D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tried to get help from the National Guard before the protests planned for January 6, which erupted into a riot in the Capitol where conservatives called for the death of elected officials, looted the building, and erected a noose. Five people died that day.

But because D.C. isn’t a state, Bowser had to ask Virginia and Maryland to send in their national guards to help.

The bill to make D.C. a state is expected to be more difficult to pass in the Senate. President Joe Biden has stated his support for it.

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