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Exclusive: Senate Democrats blocking Trump nominee because he is gay, Log Cabin leader says

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The president of the Log Cabin Republicans, the national organization of gay and lesbian GOP voters and their straight allies, told Big League Politics, Senate Democrats are blocking the nomination of Richard Grenell to be the ambassador to Germany.

“For a lot of Democrats, the M.O. is: ‘Live your truth, as long is it is our truth,’ and I truly think there is little that would roil Democrats more than the knowledge that you would have an openly gay Republican appointed by President Donald Trump representing our interests in the largest country in Western Europe,” said Gregory T. Angelo, who was an alternate delegate for Speaker Newton L. “Newt” Gingrich’s 2012 bid for GOP’s presidential nomination.

“You have someone in Mr. Grenell, someone who has unquestionable foreign policy experience,” he said.

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“There is no one, who can question Rick Grenell’s resume or qualifications, which is why President Trump nominated him for this position–it just so happens that Mr. Grenell, in addition to his many other qualities, is someone who is gay,” he said.

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Angelo said he is shocked that this has become a fight that Senate Democrats want.

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In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, all Republicans voted for Grenell and all Democrats voted against him, so this is not the case where Republicans are blocking the nomination of a gay man because of cultural or religious objections, he said.

Rather it is the Democrats, who are abandoning their support of equality with their opposition to a highly-qualified nominee to one of the country’s most important diplomatic posts–keeping it vacant for more than a year, he said.

“All of the barriers to Mr. Grenell’s confirmation are totally a creation of the Democrats,” he said. “Far from being anti-gay, it is the Republicans, who have stood by Mr. Grenell.”

The White House announced the president’s intention to nominate Grenell Sept. 2 and sent the formal nomination to the Senate Jan. 8.

Grenell was the longest serving U.S. spokesman at the United Nations, from 2001 to 2008, where he served under four ambassadors, including John Bolton. The graduate of Evengel University and John F. Kennedy School of Government has worked at all levels of government, including a stint in the office of Sen. John S. McCain III (R.-Ariz.).

In 2012, Grenell resigned from the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney after religious conservatives objected to Romney’s having an openly gay man on his senior staff.

The Washington Blade reported that Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D.-Conn.) objected to Grenell’s mean Tweets directed at women at a Sept. 29 hearing:

Murphy said the “litany of derogatory comments about women’s personal appearances” were among the “very inflammatory things” said by the nominee, asking him if he regrets the statement and can understand the concern about the impact they’ll have on his role in Germany.

Contrite in his response, Grenell said it was “never my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings” and denied the comments were representative of his character.

Another article in The Blade quotes Grenell Tweeting that Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich snaps on her hair and Hillary R. Clinton is transforming into Madeline Albright.

The same article quotes Grenell telling a female staffer in red shoes also working on the 1992 reelection campaign of President George H.W. Bush: “Didn’t your mother ever tell you only whores and very small children wear red shoes?”

Angelo said it was clear that Senate Democrats are not really blocking Grenell because of this mean Tweets.

“Rick can be aggressive on Twitter,” he said.

“Rick is someone who is known to be a fighter and he does not back down, and that is someone that you want fighting for the United States in Germany or any other country, but that’s the excuse,” he said.

“It is not the real reason.”

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Country Band that Changed Name from “Lady Antebellum” to “Lady A” Now Suing Black Artist That Originally Used Title

They changed their name because of supposed Confederate ties.

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A country music band that changed their name from ‘Lady Antebellum’ to ‘Lady A’ in the wake of the George Floyd race riots is now suing the singer who originally used the title, who is black.

The band had announced it’d change its name in the wake of criticism from liberals, who took offense at the word ‘Antebellum-‘ a phrase sometimes used in historical writings to describe the American South before the Civil War. The group instead opted to call itself “Lady A,” a name, as it turns out, was already in use by Seattle-area blues and folk singer Anita White.

The dispute between Lady Antebellum and White has been identified as a striking example of liberal hypocrisy and self-aggrandizement, with the band making a supposedly virtuous stance and sacrifice by changing their name, utterly ignoring that they were usurping on a musical name already used by a black artist.

In a new development highlighting the Nashville act’s bad faith, the band is now suing White, claiming that they’ve always had the name she’s used as a legal trademark and refusing any claim of monetary damages from the name change on the part of White.

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Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.

If Lady Antebellum proves successful in getting the government to recognize their copyright claim to ‘Lady A,’ the artist that originally used the name will have no choice but to surrender it to the more commercially known and influential musical act.

Observers of the situation immediately slammed the country music group for its disrespect for the title’s existing user.

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