White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere was mocked online on Thursday after posting a bizarre argument claiming Vice President Mike Pence is not anti-LGBTQ.
Deere, who is a gay man working for an anti-LGBTQ administration, made something of a "but I have a black friend" defense of the Vice President.
"For all of you who still think our VP is anti-gay, I point you to his and the Second Lady’s schedule tomorrow where they will join Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr. Matthew Barrett for lunch in Ireland," Deere tweeted on Monday.
The Internet was less than impressed with his reasoning.
Here's some of what people were saying in response:
This isn’t even “I have gay friends.” It’s “I ate lunch with a gay couple once.” I assume he didn’t try to electr… https://t.co/d1euOfHsbG— 🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿 (@🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿)1567472842.0
To be clear: they expect us to be happy that Pence didn't cancel a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland becau… https://t.co/CYv7SP2R0m— Pé (@Pé)1567472290.0
everyone knows the number one best way to prove that you're down with gay people is to make a big show of of announ… https://t.co/cnubGLjkHP— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg)1567474021.0
And for those of you who might believe this 👇baloney, here's the front page of @VP's home state conservative paper… https://t.co/nSvvtrSD7F— Ronald Klain (@Ronald Klain)1567475742.0
This wielder of kindergarten logic is the White House Deputy Press Secretary... https://t.co/cK7m7TE8EO— Mark McDevitt (@Mark McDevitt)1567471836.0
Imagine dropping the mic by arguing the Pences aren't anti-gay because they're going to eat food in close proximity… https://t.co/Fy8OX5pz1V— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta)1567475207.0
LOL. He's so not anti-gay he's willing to meet with a foreign head of government when to do otherwise would create… https://t.co/gPNMhzva4E— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1567474726.0
Mike Pence is having lunch with gay people so everything is okay now. The White House Deputy Press Secretary, every… https://t.co/z9aeY9fIcZ— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee)1567470984.0
"I CAN'T BE A BIGOT, I HAVE A GAY FRIEND" THE MIKE PENCE EDITION https://t.co/qShqvv6MgL— Geraldine (@Geraldine)1567474133.0
"He can't be anti-gay because he consented to be in the same room as a gay person." Holy shit, there really is no b… https://t.co/IKfmxtUiFr— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1567474646.0
I still think Mike Pence is anti-gay. Because he is. https://t.co/oIsfF1hPgS— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson)1567474861.0
For those who do not live in Hollywood, let me explain that having lunch with someone does not prove you don't hate… https://t.co/F3JSGQOH8x— Joel Stein (@Joel Stein)1567473277.0
This may be the most pathetic and desperate tweet from a member of the current administration. "He doesn't hate th… https://t.co/7abuyiiKzE— Bill Prady (@Bill Prady)1567472038.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet If Pence has “a friend” then there’s no way he’s a horrible bigot— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1567473581.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet For all the people who still think human beings have an i… https://t.co/o5zNT2NJ6U— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats)1567474637.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet This may be the dumbest tweet out of an already incredibly pathetic comms office.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1567476343.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet are you Jacob Wohl’s brother— 𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗 (@𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗)1567471163.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet Seriously, did you expect us to he happy that Pence, the… https://t.co/WDG1i6GN69— Pé (@Pé)1567472184.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet Mike Pence isn’t anti-gay, he just doesn’t think same-sex… https://t.co/ocTBAhXCve— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor)1567471153.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet Mike Pence isn’t anti-gay, he just didn’t think funding f… https://t.co/jw24FuPqt7— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor)1567471239.0
@JuddPDeere45 @VP @SecondLady @LeoVaradkar @merrionstreet Mike Pence isn’t anti-gay, he just doesn’t think the chil… https://t.co/BXJtEwMbfT— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor)1567471387.0