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Gay Trump official Richard Grenell mocked for ‘idiotic’ comment on DC statehood

"You were the director of national intelligence?" one person mockingly asked

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Richard Grenell — Photo: @richardgrenell / Instagram

Gay former Trump administration official Richard Grenell has been widely mocked on Twitter after trying to criticize the movement for D.C. statehood.

Legislation to grant statehood to the District passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 22. If passed in the Senate, it would grant D.C.’s 700,000 residents proper representation in Congress.

Prior to the House vote, Grenell took to Twitter to decry statehood efforts.

“No state should have all the Federal jobs,” Grenell declared. “If DC becomes a state then the federal government must move out of DC and disperse itself among the states.”

Unfortunately for the former ambassador to Germany, Twitter users were all to eager to correct him, noting that the vast majority of the federal government’s employees — 85%, according to ClearanceJobs — work outside of the nation’s capital.

People didn’t hold back in mocking Grenell for his tweet.

One user noted that Grenell served as temporary acting director of national intelligence during Trump administration’s final months, and should probably know where federal employees are located.

Grenell’s credentials for his former role were questioned as a result of the tweet.

One person thanked Grenell for inadvertently making the case for D.C. statehood.

Someone else branded his tweet “idiotic.”

And the hits kept on coming:

One person referenced Grenell’s time as ambassador, where here portedly drew ire from both American and German officials.

German magazine Der Spiegel interviewed more than 30 “diplomats, cabinet members, lawmakers, high-ranking officials, lobbyists and think tank experts” about the Trump official.

“A majority of them describe Grenell as a vain, narcissistic person who dishes out aggressively, but can barely handle criticism,” Der Spiegel wrote. “His brash demeanor, some claim, hides a deep insecurity, and they say he thirsts for the approval of others.”

That story was rather brutally summarized in response to Grenell’s tweet:

Earlier this year, Grenell reportedly began exploring a run for California governor, should a recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom succeed.

However, one GOP strategist told Politico that Grenell’s close ties to Donald Trump would be “a disaster” for his candidacy.

Another issue facing Grenell could be his lack of significant accomplishments to tout on the campaign trail. His signature achievement during his time with the Trump administration was the launch of a heavily touted campaign to decriminalize homosexuality globally, which purported to use the United States’ global influence to push countries to remove any laws that criminalized same-sex sexual relations.

The launch was undermined just days later when Donald Trump seemed unaware of the campaign during questions with reporters in the Oval Office, and 18 months after its launch it was branded a “sham” with “no major breakthroughs.”

Related: Caitlyn Jenner officially jumps into California governor’s race: “I’m in!”

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