White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere was getting backlash Tuesday after he argued Vice President Mike Pence can’t be anti-LGBTQ because he is set to have lunch with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is gay.
“For all of you who still think our @VP is anti-gay, I point you to his and the @SecondLady’s schedule tomorrow where they will join Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar and his partner Dr. Matthew Barrett for lunch in Ireland,” tweeted Deere, who is gay.
Varadkar is Ireland’s first openly gay leader.
Pence, a conservative Christian, has argued previously that same-sex marriage is a sign of “societal collapse” and, as governor of Indiana, signed legislation that could legalize discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
He is in Ireland with second lady Karen Pence.
Twitter users mocked Deere over his argument: