‘This Is a Total Hate Hoax’: Openly Gay US Ambassador Compares Buttigieg to Smollett for Pence Criticism

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U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell slammed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg during an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

According to Grenell, who is openly gay, Buttigieg’s criticism concerning Vice President Mike Pence is on par with other controversial cases such as Jussie Smollet’s.

“Mayor Pete has been pushing this hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett for a very long time now, several weeks,” said Grenell.

Watch his comments below:

As IJR Red previously reported, Buttigieg did not give the full story when ripping Pence’s voting record and policies he supported on several occasions.

“This is somebody who was against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ because he felt it was too pro-gay,” said Buttigieg to CNN on Tuesday for example. “He wanted to make sure even closeted members couldn’t serve.”

However, Grenell pointed out that the two lawmakers had been friendly in the past and it seemed interesting timing the go after the vice president.

“It’s ironic that right about now when he’s starting his fund-raising apparatus to run for president that he comes up with this … idea and this attack,” Grenell said, who also tweeted out evidence of Pence criticizing those who discriminated against gay people.

Take a look:

The ambassador claimed that he considered the Pence family good people and that disagreements will happen because no two people think exactly the same.

“Mike and Karen are great people, they’re godly people, they’re followers of Christ. They don’t have hate in their heart for anyone. They know my partner, they have accepted us. You asked me do we agree philosophically on every single issue? No,” Grendell said.

He added that the outrage was a “hoax” and Pence has been nothing but supportive of Buttigieg.

“When Mayor Pete came out, the vice president complimented him and said he holds him in high regard. The vice president, or then-governor, has said nothing but positive things about Mayor Pete. I think this is a total hate hoax and I think it’s outrageous,” Grenell said.

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