The Biden administration recently authorized American embassies to fly the LGBTQ+ Pride flag in support of "the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons and communities."
Many conservatives somehow saw the flying of the rainbow flag as an affront to the American way.
Former Speaker of the House and Republican pundit Newt Gingrich, for instance, appeared on Fox News and claimed President Joe Biden was acting "deliberately anti-American."
You can see his interview here:
Gingrich said to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro:
"...every idiotic thing that the Biden administration has done in the first 100 days, you begin to realize—whether it's threatening everybody who believes in the Second Amendment or it's attacking everybody who believes in right to life or it is attacking people of traditional values who are appalled that this administration would fly the gay flag at American embassies all over the world."
"I mean, you just go down item by item and it's almost like they have a checklist of 'What can we do that will really, truly, infuriate traditional Americans?'"
In Gingrich's view, traditional Americans are heavily armed bigots.
Can someone explain societal evolution to Newt. It's time for him to grow a little too. https://t.co/W06ZjZfv7v— Dennis (@Dennis) 1619450434.0
Twitter thought Gingrich's call for "traditional" American values was pretty hilarious considering his own personal history.
Like other traditionalists Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, Gingrich's multiple marriages and extramarital affairs are well documented.
No, what's anti-American is an insurrection that former president inspired and which your party now doesn't want to… https://t.co/2ffAwTairY— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile) 1619452689.0
Newt Gingrich thinks it's "anti-American" to fly the "gay flag" at US Embassies because it insults "Traditional Ame… https://t.co/EA5E6BWFTk— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin) 1619363065.0
Newt Gingrich stans “traditional American values” such as serving your cancer battling wife w/ divorce papers in th… https://t.co/QDXJUUqRQa— ꧁𝓳𝓲ꪶꪶꪗ᥇ꫀꪖꪀ꧂ (@꧁𝓳𝓲ꪶꪶꪗ᥇ꫀꪖꪀ꧂) 1619365407.0
Gingrich went on to say:
"And I've never seen anything like it."
"Somebody asked me the afternoon, I told them, 'I couldn't imagine any administration which had been this deliberately anti-American and it's deliberately committed to infuriating the majority of the American people'."
However despite Gingrich's claim to speak for the majority of Americans, President Joe Biden already managed to secure higher approval ratings than Donald Trump ever did in his entire presidency.
newt gingrich is anti-American values.— Matthew William (@Matthew William) 1619400355.0
Nothing could be more #American than celebrating our freedom to be who we are and to honor our differences.… https://t.co/VjhWvBZXLz— Bob Witeck (@Bob Witeck) 1619454234.0
It's anti-American to be Newt Gingrich. Really. https://t.co/knncDB9rhe— Opinion8 (OP8) (@Opinion8 (OP8)) 1619364405.0
People also noted Gingrich hasn't called out members of his own party who prominently flew non-American flags.
Newt Gingrich said flying the gay pride flag at US embassies is “deliberately anti-American.” Fortunately Republica… https://t.co/YJjGRAmyiO— Wallace Wang (@Wallace Wang) 1619448358.0
....but I suppose flying a White Supremacy flag would be ok https://t.co/nngnPqR4YV— Gary (@Gary) 1619446966.0
Just last month, Gingrich said in another Fox News interview:
"It's an America in which transgender dominates Christianity and Judaism."
True Republican values. https://t.co/5PaZ75qi87— Blazer (@Blazer) 1619395306.0
Gingrich concluded his latest Fox News appearance by saying:
"Literally, in over 200 years of history, I can't think of a single administration that has been this radical and this hostile."
Example of a traditional American.... https://t.co/ShUzK130sw— mark dennis (@mark dennis) 1619377145.0
Newt Gingrich is a gasbag with little or no credibility. This is the 21st C but he is still stuck with the rest of… https://t.co/O9aBp9rc17— Bella (@Bella) 1619371689.0
Newt Gingrich still has a lot to learn about traditional American values like inclusion and equality and the will of the majority, but Twitter is trying to teach him those lessons one burn at a time.