2012 Election | Mitt Romney | Rachel Maddow | Richard Grenell

New Gay Romney Spokesman Thinks Rachel Maddow Looks Like a Man, Needs to 'Put on a Necklace'


This morning I posted about newly-appointed gay Romney spokesman Richard Grenell.

This afternoon, Rachel Maddow noted some of the choice things Grenell has tweeted about her, that she "needs to take a breath and put on a necklace" and that she is a "dead ringer" for Justin Bieber.

The latter is among a collection of sexist Twitter attacks highlighted by Think Progress.

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  1. +1000 to BobbyJoe

    Posted by: J Ascher | Apr 20, 2012 7:12:47 PM

  2. Perhaps he secretly wants to take a breath and put on a necklace.

    Posted by: Angus | Apr 20, 2012 7:15:59 PM

  3. When did it become so acceptable, almost fashionable for adults to blurt out whatever mean spirited, small minded thing that they can think of, about celebrities, politicians, their next door neighbors, etc.? How can we expect children to learn to stop bullying when we have people in such positions of power that do the same thing and not even very artfully--seriously, this is as eloquent and clever and 'You're ugly and your mother dresses you funny!'

    Posted by: bill | Apr 20, 2012 7:31:31 PM

  4. It would be newsworthy if this guy wasn't a mean-spirited, self-loathing, homophobic, sexist troglodyte. Since he is all of the above...not so much. I wonder if he and Prissy Baron are pals.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 20, 2012 7:32:27 PM

  5. Criticizing her lack of accessorization doesn't diminish the validity of what she has to say. Actually, it points up the bankruptcy of the right that they can only criticize her on fashion. If that's the worst thing he can think of to say about her, she's already won.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Apr 20, 2012 7:33:02 PM

  6. The guy is a sexist pig. All of his attacks are against women and how they look.

    More disgusting and vile, he suggest that the media go after Obama's school-aged children.

    Posted by: James | Apr 20, 2012 7:38:50 PM

  7. God, these homocons sure love to be homophobic.

    Posted by: RedOnTheGreg | Apr 20, 2012 7:39:12 PM

  8. It's no surprise that a self proclaimed "gay" associate of romney would say derogatory things like that. romney needs to have "gay friends"...like sarah piss-bucket does. They think it's inclusive or something. I guess when you preach to the romneyettes...they believe he is. But to the rest of us with IQ's over 40...it looks like what it is...kaka!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Apr 20, 2012 7:43:00 PM

  9. let's take a guess that he is a card carrying
    member of the quisling goproud.

    Posted by: walter | Apr 20, 2012 7:44:01 PM

  10. Look, he can disagree with Rachel Maddow's politics all he wants, but to immediately dive into a typical Right-wing misogynistic attack stating that the Lesbian is too butch goes a long way to show that he is not an ally. He could have just called her a pinko, or he could have followed Rush and called her a Femi-Nazi. But stating that she needed to get more feminine, shows that I think he still has issues with being gay, especially since he is so heavily involved in politics on the right.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 20, 2012 7:47:19 PM

  11. Houndentenor, you gave the best response of any of us here. The South is lucky to have you!

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 20, 2012 7:52:06 PM

  12. Shame on ANYONE who tries to say this guy represents gays, and he's making gays look bad...MOST GAYS ARE NOT REPUBLICAN! Most gays LOVE Rachel Maddow. Most gays will end a friendship (understandably) as soon as they hear their gay friend is a "conservative" which ALWAYS indicates varrying degrees of internalized homophobia.

    You show me a gay conservative who isn't somewhat homophobic and I'll show you a black KKK member who is color blind. Neither exists.

    This tool represents gay conservatives, who will literally sleep with a lizard, while snorting coke, in a Tijuana puddle of mud, with a cross on their hand if either their parent and or a member of the Republican party dared them too. They have no shame

    Posted by: Tile | Apr 20, 2012 7:58:06 PM

  13. I always said. Be VERY careful around a gay conservative. They are very disturbing individuals who should not be trusted. They will do and say anything to fit in with the hetro conservative crowd. I frankly would feel more comfortable in the presence of a convict rather than a gay conservative. Gay conservatives are extremely shady.

    Posted by: Jackson | Apr 20, 2012 7:59:32 PM

  14. ...And his Grinder handle may be "Romney4Gays", just sayin'

    Posted by: Fred | Apr 20, 2012 8:16:58 PM

  15. Some gay people who grow up with hatred constantly thrown at them by the important adults and community leaders involved in their lives, give in to a severe sense of self-hatred. One might hope that as an adult such children will outgrow these feelings and lead productive lives for themselves and their communities. Unfortunately others like Richard Grenell continue in their self-hatred throughout their adult lives. Thankfully, it is only the rare few like Grenell who would turn that self loathing into a damaging and punishing effort to destroy their own community because they can not allow themselves to accept their own sexuality and despise those of us who do.

    Posted by: StevyD | Apr 20, 2012 9:09:53 PM

  16. If this is a Mitt Romney move it only shows how isolated he is. Hey, I wonder if Mitt was considering Sarah as a running mate and she advised him on this, ya think?

    Posted by: Bad advice | Apr 20, 2012 9:12:25 PM

  17. Another self-hating gay man.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 20, 2012 9:13:47 PM

  18. A gay guy makes bitchy comments about women's fashion, and Rick likes him?! I guess he hates women and loves money more than he hates femme gay guys.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 20, 2012 9:44:07 PM

  19. His tweets make him sound like a bitchy, old queen. That's sad.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 20, 2012 10:18:29 PM

  20. No, this guy ain't gay, he just plays one on "The Gay Republican Politics Today Show" to make people think Romney is not a homophobe himself, which he is. He is a plant for Romney's disingenuine attempt at placating the Gay populace. His statement panders to the stereotyping that is so abundant today. What, she doesn't look normal by his definition? I guess he should be flipping his wrist around as he walks and talks using his stereotype. Has absolutely nothing to do with being a Repug.

    Posted by: Pointed | Apr 20, 2012 10:20:15 PM

  21. @ DM: his words hang him, not our so-called discrimination. Typical right-wing hand waving from you.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 20, 2012 10:21:03 PM

  22. uncle tom

    Posted by: Reality | Apr 20, 2012 10:56:59 PM

  23. I heard Rachel Maddow on Fresh Air on NPR explain why she dresses plainly. She said she doesn't want to dress in such a way as to distract from her stories. She wants her reports to be the main thing on her shows, not the way she dresses. That makes sense to me.

    Posted by: john patrick | Apr 20, 2012 11:49:54 PM

  24. Hahaha. I love all this self righteous outrage. "Bitchy, old queen". "Perhaps he secretly wants to take a breath and put on a necklace." "Lucas" = Troll"."AUNT TOMS"."bitchy, queeny comments". Go ahead and tear this guy apart guys, but which one of you hasn't been guilty of thoughtless comments, tweets, or snarky judgement? The Left is digging up all they can to destroy and tarnish this gay man. Is it okay, because he's a "bitchy old queen?" A "self-hating homocon"? Any of you personally know him? I guess it's okay to judge him, because his political views are "wrong", or different than yours.

    Posted by: Bri | Apr 20, 2012 11:55:15 PM

  25. He's the kind of gay who calls himself a "fag" in front of his Dad just to see the old man chuckle.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Apr 21, 2012 12:03:20 AM

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