Opinion| Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been a very vocal critic of the Trump administration in the past, has accused the White House of bigotry after news that United States embassies were denied their requests to display the LGBTQ flag.
Fox News reports:
June is Pride Month, promoting visibility for the LGBTQ community, and U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia made requests to the Trump administration to fly the flag on the official embassy flagpole in honor of Pride. According to NBC News, those requests were denied by the State Department.
“This is another blatant example of this administration’s bigotry and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community,” the Democratic representative tweeted on Monday after hearing about the news.
The President tweeted in regards to Pride Month, calling attention to the fact that we must “recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made.”
According to Fox, President Trump explained that his “administration has launched a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality.”
The Trump administration did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment following reports that they denied permission to the embassies.
Vice President Mike Pence, who has frequently expressed his opposition to gay rights throughout his political career, said he supported the decision not to fly the Pride flag.
“I’m aware that the State Department indicated that on the flagpole of our American embassies, one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag. And I support that,” Pence said.
Take a look at the following report on the backlash Omar face in the following video via the Gateway Pundit.