Merritt Corrigan, deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development has been fired.
When Corrigan was appointed a few months ago, it was reported that last year she had tweeted as part of her history of anti-LGBTQ and antifeminist comments, that the U.S. had become a
“homo-empire” under the spell of a “tyrannical LGBT agenda.”
Corrigan wrote on Twitter on Monday, before her termination was announced,
“For too long, I’ve remained silent as the media has attacked me for my Christian beliefs, which are shared by the majority of Americans. Let me [be] clear: Gay marriage isn’t marriage. Men aren’t women. US-funded Tunisian LGBT soap operas aren’t America First.”
Monday she also tweeted that Democrats in Congress were out to get her, especially Rep. Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Robert Menendez, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee saying they had
“engaged in a corrupt campaign to remove me from USAID… I will expose it on Thursday.”
At the press conference accompanied by Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, who are well-known conspiracy theorists, she will reveal all apparently. Last year they used a fake social media account to falsely accuse gay presidential aspirant Pete Buttigieg of sexually assaulting a young man. Wohl also appears to have faked death threats against himself and has been tied to false sexual assault allegations against Robert Mueller.
At the press conference, she will
“discuss the rampant anti-Christian sentiment at USAID.”
And she “will have more to say” about Politico reporter Daniel Lippman, who she called a “stalker.”
After Corrigan unleashed her homophobic and transphobic tweets, the House Foreign Relations Committee pointed out that they had already called for her resignation.
Corrigan tweeted that Sens. Tim Kaine and Cory Booker wanted her to resign as well, and she blasted Booker as “anti-Christian.”
A Change.org petition had earlier called for the firing of Corrigan and two other USAID officials, anti-trans activist Bethany Kozma and Mark Kevin Lloyd, who has a history of anti-Muslim comments. Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro added his voice today saying,
“Our government should not promote hate. Good news that Merritt Corrigan has left @USAID after her homophobic comments.”
David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, released a statement pointing out that Corrigan is not unique in her in anti-LGBTQ view within the Trump administration.
“Sadly, Merritt Corrigan is not unique in the Trump administration.
She is the exact type of anti-LGBTQ zealot that Trump recruits and places in positions of power. Corrigan’s biased and harmful beliefs are not shared by the vast majority of Americans. Corrigan is a symptom of a larger problem, it’s time to hold the Trump-Pence administration accountable at the ballot box and elect a leader this November who supports the fundamental humanity of LGBTQ people and appoints people who share that basic decency.”
Our government should not promote hate.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 3, 2020
Good news that Merritt Corrigan has left @USAID after her homophobic comments and pressure from @HouseForeign Democrats.@Ilhan and I have also called for Mark Kevin Lloyd, who has Islamophobic views, to resign. https://t.co/NWMJCOdRb5