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Richard Grenell slams Advocate for misconstruing John Bolton’s critique of Obama & ignoring Bolton’s pro-gay record

in response to an Advocate piece contending that “Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton uses homophobic term to describe President Obama’s foreign policy“, Richard Grenell wrote a letter to the Advocate, taking issue with their assessment.  As the magazine has yet to publish his letter, we are posting it here:

The Advocate’s Michelle Garcia’s latest piece fails to mention that John Bolton has been a consistent defender of gay rights, gay marriage and a critic of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before it was overturned, Garcia also fails to show how Bolton’s comment describing President Obama as a weak leader is in anyway homophobic.

I also find it ironic that while The Advocate has consistently refused to report on John Bolton’s early support for Log Cabin Republicans and gay rights, they jump to write a phony and purposefully deceptive piece about him – all because he is a Republican. Calling a conservative friend of our community homophobic is a self-inflicted wound. Are Advocate writers so in the tank for the Democrats that they attack a supporter of gay rights just because he’s not a Democrat? Garcia’s story is the perfect example of how the old gay guard and its magazine of choice is out of touch with gay Americans today. Yesterday’s warriors of acceptance have morphed into today’s liberal intolerants. This is the exact faux outrage that makes The Advocate the magazine of your old gay uncle. It isn’t a serious place for news or information.

Please note that I merely cut and pasted the letter without adding — or altering a word.



  1. Kinda like the notion that if you aren’t for him you are racist. Kind of ironic that people are expected to perform a racist act of voting for him because of the color of his skin in order to prove that he isn’t racist.

    So I guess now we need to vote for him to prove we aren’t homophobes?

    Obama. If you don’t vote for him, then you are in favor of killing ducks and bunnies.

    Comment by crosspatch — October 1, 2012 @ 3:47 am - October 1, 2012

  2. Richard Grenell is absolutely right: “Calling a conservative friend of our community homophobic is a self-inflicted wound.” Name-calling has never help others to see your point of view; and, in fact, often has the opposite effect – they start to ignore you and anything valid you might have to say.

    Just speculating now, but, perhaps, knowing how Obama listened to “rev.” Wright’s hateful sermons over the years Bolton intentionally chose “homophobic” words to get under Obama’s skin. You know, Obama seems to take some things so personally; and only seems to react if he sees it as a personal attack. So, maybe it was a poor choice of words on Bolton’s part or he really wanted to take a dig at Obama.

    Lastly, while “limp-wristed” may not be a good choice of words, the bright side is that Bolton didn’t say Obama has his head up his own ass; which would be a more accurate statement.

    Comment by Charles — October 1, 2012 @ 10:18 am - October 1, 2012

  3. And why to they assume ‘limp-wristed’ is a homophobic? I’ve met enough meteros and hipsters to know it’s not a uniquely gay trait.

    Comment by BigJ — October 1, 2012 @ 10:32 am - October 1, 2012

  4. People who lifts weights (correctly) know that keeping a strong wrist is important.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 1, 2012 @ 12:37 pm - October 1, 2012

  5. (continued) Whether you are gay or not, I mean.

    As the magazine has yet to publish his letter

    Well, they are not likely to. Grenell does, after all, insult the magazine. Not that I’m complaining; his insults are well-aimed.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 1, 2012 @ 12:38 pm - October 1, 2012

  6. I’m guessing a lot of people here have come to the realization that so-called “gay rights” organizations or supporters care more about their hatred of conservatives/Republicans than they do “gay rights.”

    Also, having a “limp wristed” approach to foreign policy (whatever that means) is probably not a good thing (obviously Mr. Bolton didn’t mean is a good thing), regardless of whether or not the person whose foreign policy is in question is homosexual. I assume Mr. Bolton wouldn’t call Richard Grenell’s foreign policy “limp wristed,” regardless of whether or not Mr. Grenell’s wrists are actually limp.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — October 1, 2012 @ 2:45 pm - October 1, 2012

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