This week brought yet another “historic” move by Joe Biden as he continues to name people being given positions in his cabinet and on his staff. The latest history-making pick was former South Bend Mayor and failed presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation. (Karen already asked the obvious question of what in the world Buttigieg knows about transportation, but we can bat that around again at a later date.) Numerous mainstream media outlets quickly hailed Biden’s eye toward diversity for naming the “first openly gay” person to a cabinet position. It’s just breathtaking, isn’t it? What a great day for diversity.
There was just one problem with those headlines, though. Buttigieg is actually the second openly gay person to be appointed to such a level. As the Daily Wire points out, everyone somehow seemed to forget that Donald Trump made a similar appointment when he placed Richard Grenell as the Director of National Intelligence. Oops.
As soon as Democrat Joe Biden announced he would nominate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, media outlets rushed to hail the choice as a historic occasion for LGBT individuals.
Numerous outlets, including Sky News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, reported that Buttigieg would be the first “openly gay man” to hold a Cabinet post. Except, Buttigieg would not be the first “openly gay” cabinet member, as that honor already belongs to Richard Grenell, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in February to serve as the acting director of national intelligence.
Some of the same outlets touting Buttigieg as the first openly gay cabinet member previously reported that Grenell was the first. The Times in February reported that “Mr. Grenell, who has pushed to advance gay rights in his current post, is also thought to be the first openly gay cabinet member.” The Times on Tuesday reported that “Mr. Buttigieg would bring a younger voice to the cabinet and add to its diversity as its first openly gay member.”