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Gay Trumpster Richard Grenell laughed off stage in Nevada / Queerty

Gay Trumpster Richard Grenell laughed off stage in Nevada /

Richard Grenell and President Donald Trump
Richard Grenell and President Donald Trump (Photo: @RichardGrenell | Twitter)

Queer turncoat and former ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell reaffirmed his support for Donald Trump Thursday morning in a comically weird press conference in Nevada.

As the Trump campaign continues to give out conflicting messages–screaming to stop the vote in certain states such as Pennsylvania while screaming to keep counting votes in a state like Nevada–former Acting Director of National Intelligence Grenell showed up in Nevada to encourage…something.

“Votes,” Grenell uttered with affected gravitas. “Ballots versus legal votes: that’s what we’re talking about. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

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We think that was Grenell’s way of charging voter fraud in Nevada, for which there is no evidence. In any case, his remarks only get weirder from there. After stepping away from the microphone, and amid shouts of “What’s your name” from captive reporters, Grenell then issued an ever weirder addendum.

“Listen, you’re here to take in information, ok? Do your job,” Grenell sasses.

Given that the reporters in question were trying to “take in information,” it probably would have behoved Grenell to actually say something relevant. When pressed by MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff, both Grenell and Matt Schlapp rushed to a campaign bus when pressed over Trump campaign charges of voter fraud or a lack of poll observers. Officials in Nevada do have bipartisan vote watchers in place, and have not uncovered any evidence of voter fraud.

As one of the few gay Trump Administration appointees, Richard Grenell has become a high profile fixture of the campaign, frequently touting Trump’s “pro-LGBTQ” record, despite a wealth of evidence showing that Trump is the most anti-queer president in American history.

Richard Grenell rages at journalists during trainwreck press conference

MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff (L) presses Richard Grenell (R) for information during a Trump campaign briefing in Nevada, US. (Screen capture via Twitter/MSNBC)

MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff (L) presses Richard Grenell (R) for information during a Trump campaign briefing in Nevada, US. (Screen capture via Twitter/MSNBC)

Richard Grenell raged at a pool of journalists reporting at a Trump campaign press conference in Nevada Thursday (November 5), both refusing to name himself and to provide evidence of his allegations of voting fraud.

In an effort to snuff out the narrow lead held by Joe Biden in the western state, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit alleging that mail-in votes have been tampered with, according to The Independent.

During a briefing in front of a polling station, the former ambassador to Germany and close Trump ally accused Nevada election officials of covering up incidents of voter fraud in order to serve a win up for Biden.

But when pressed by reporters for evidence, he refused to defend his claims, MSNBC said.

Richard Grenell rages at reporters and refuses to give evidence to his claims of election fraud. 

A Bloomberg News reporter, Josh Wingrove, tweeted that local journalists began the briefing, organised to announce the lawsuit, by asking Grenell and conservative activist Matt Schlapp their names – a common practise in journalism.

“Grenell scowled at him,” Wingrove wrote, “didn’t say and just kept talking.”

After journalist shouted “what’s your name?”, Grenell bit back, telling the press gaggle they are: “Here to take in information. Do your jobs, it’s pretty easy.”

Grenell was later chased down by MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff after the meeting. “Where is the evidence of fraud?” he asked.

Grenell implored him to direct his question at Clark County – he alleged officials denied letting a journalist observe the county’s election count – before ducking into a van and fleeing the scene.

It comes after the former acting director of national intelligence sought to shore up support for Trump among LGBT+ voters by pegging him as an ally.

At a “Trump Pride” function in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Grenell described Trump as the “first pro-gay president”.

This is despite both the president’s track record on certain queer issues as well as his administration’s attempt to reel back an array of LGBT+ protections across several branches of the federal government.

His reasoning was instead that Trump has been “comfortable with gay men since the ’80s.”