House Democrats call for resignation of politically appointed USAID with history of “homophobic” remarks
In 2019 POLITICO has reported on Corrigan’s Twitter account and cataloged a number of posts that legislators mentioned in their letter. Corrigan wrote that “our gay empire could not even tolerate any commercial venture that was not fully subject to the tyrannical LGBT agenda.”
“Liberal democracy is nothing more than a front for the war waged against us by those who fundamentally despise not only our way of life, but also life itself,” Corrigan wrote in another post.
“We wonder how Mrs. Corrigan is able to effectively serve a service whose principles so clearly contradict her own,” House Democrats wrote in the letter.
“We generally do not publicly comment on Congressional correspondence,” acting USAID spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala wrote in an email to POLITICO.
POLITICO also reported that Corrigan wrote an opinion in The Conservative calling on women to take on the traditional gender roles of mother, wife and housewife.
“Based on these statements, so hostile to the agency’s core mission, it is clear that Ms Corrigan cannot effectively liaise with the White House and meet USAID’s staffing needs,” said the Democratic letter.
In June, ProPublica reported that Corrigan had joined USAID as a Deputy White House contact.
Corrigan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
House Democrats’ letter comes a month after representatives Joaquin Castro and Ilhan Omar Barsa called for the dismissal of USAID religious freedom counsel Mark Kevin Lloyd, a politician with a reported history of Islamophobic comments.
Earlier in June, seven Democratic senators demanded an investigation of Corrigan and Lloyd’s reported homophobic and Islamophobic statements.
Daniel Lippman contributed to this report.