President Joe Biden has portrayed his administration as the most inclusive in American history, backing up his rhetoric with a wide selection of appointees from the LGBTQ community. Of course, many critics say that picking officials based on their sexual orientation or gender preferences is not a suitable method for effectively staffing vital government positions.
Those critics will probably find some common ground with two Russian officials, who recently mocked the Biden administration’s choices of transgender Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine and non-binary Deputy Assistant Nuclear Energy Secretary Sam Brinton.
The two U.S. officials were spotted together earlier this month and a photo of their meeting soon spread widely across social media. Russian Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova was among those who shared the image and included a scathing caption.
Translated into English, her Telegram post read: “Answer the question honestly for yourself: Are these the values that you are ready to instill in your children? Or do we still fight for our own?”
Dmitry Polyanskiy, a Russian diplomat to the United Nations, offered a similar rebuke of current U.S. priorities, writing: “Keep going that way, our dear American ex-partners!”
He went on to inform America that his nation no longer needs “any long-term strategies to counter your malicious role in the world – you are doing the right thing yourselves!”
This is why the world is laughing at us.https://t.co/WeZGpRX6np
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) July 15, 2022
Although the president has nominated other LGBTQ individuals to high-ranking governmental roles, Levine and Brinton have attracted the most attention.
Levine was heavily criticized while serving as Pennsylvania’s health secretary for removing a close family member from a nursing home while such facilities across the state were being forced to receive patients infected with COVID-19. As for Brinton, his personal life has received some intense scrutiny since it was reported that he moonlights as a drag queen and engages in so-called “pup fetishes,” whereby individuals dress and behave like dogs during sexual encounters.
While Russia’s provocations and invasion of neighboring Ukraine have rightfully earned condemnation from Americans across the political spectrum, the fact that the international community believes the U.S. is ushering in its own demise by doubling down on identity politics might give some progressives a reason for introspection.
Nevertheless, the White House has remained adamant that its emphasis on inclusion is of paramount importance. It is worth noting, however, that Biden stopped short of giving into the demands of some activists that he nominate a member of the LGBTQ community to the U.S. Supreme Court when given the opportunity to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer earlier this year.
LGBTQ Victory Institute Executive Director Ruben Gonzales issued a call in January for the president “to make history” by choosing a lifetime appointee based on the candidate’s sexual orientation.
“With his previous commitment to nominate a Black woman, President Biden affirmed the important role diverse perspectives have on the bench and on the health of our democracy and society,” Gonzales said at the time. “There is a powerful pipeline of Black LGBTQ judges, officials and leaders who are more than qualified to fulfill this promise.”