Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, known for his far-right and homophobic views, is ending his tenure with a Twitter rant against multiculturalism.
In a Tuesday morning tweet, he contended that efforts to recognize the diversity of the U.S. — a nation of many cultures — are un-American and authoritarian.
He followed up with a tweet saying he had gotten “a lot of grief from the left media and other elites.”
Pompeo has remained a loyal backer of Donald Trump, even though several other Cabinet members and high-ranking administration officials have left early in the wake of the president’s incitement of the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol when Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election was being certified by Congress. Many political observers speculate that Pompeo is planning a presidential run in 2024. He noted on Twitter that his State Department account will be archived when he leaves office with the end of the Trump administration, and he directed followers to his personal account.
His condemnation of multiculturalism came one day after the holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and shortly after the White House’s 1776 Commission released a report downplaying the role of slavery in the nation’s founding and early history. This isn’t the first time Pompeo, a former CIA director and before that a Republican congressman from Kansas, has denounced multiculturalism. At a 2015 event called a “God and Country Rally” at a Wichita church, he cited a prayer that a minister had once delivered to the Kansas legislature, saying, “America had worshipped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.”
Pompeo is known for many anti-LGBTQ+ stances, such as opposition to marriage equality and to allowing lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to serve openly in the military. At the State Department, he surprisingly recognized Pride Month, but he has also fought against recognizing the citizenship of children born overseas to same-sex couples who are U.S. citizens. And just last fall he spoke at an event for a group that endorses conversion therapy, even though many State Department staffers were outraged.
He’s getting roasted for his tweet against multiculturalism.