Is grooming perhaps going global on the U.S. taxpayers’ dime?
At least in one expenditure, the U.S. State Department, under President Biden and the Democrats, plans to spend about $20,000 to fund, among other things, drag shows as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative.
The recipient of the grant is an Ecuador-based, nonprofit organization called the Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano (CEN).
According to the USASpending.gov website, the Biden administration is granting the cultural center a total of $20,600 for a project that began on September 30 and runs through August 31, 2023.
The description is as follows:
“To promote diversity and inclusion, recipient will host 3 workshops, 12 drag theater performances, and produce a 2 minute documentary.”
The information does not indicate whether there is a specific audience age group, however.
“The State Department has awarded hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to the CEN over the years, but the September grant appears to be the first of its kind funding drag performances,” Fox News reported.
CEN, which was founded in May 1951, is “supported by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador, to ‘promote diversity and inclusion’ in the region,” FNC added.
NEW: @FoxNews has learned the Biden admin is funding drag performances in Ecuador, with the State Department awarding more than $20,000 to an Ecuadorian cultural center to host "drag theater performances" in the name of “diversity and inclusion”. @FoxNews https://t.co/Jcclwz8JsY
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 19, 2022
“The North American Ecuadorian Center (CEN) is a non-profit organization that since its foundation has sought to promote friendship between Ecuador and the United States through the dissemination of free cultural activities for the community and the teaching of English,” the organization’s website explains.
Twenty grand is obviously a drop in the bucket for the big-spending Biden administration, but it does seem revelatory to some degree about its identity-politics, DEI (or DIE, as some critics have reshuffled the acronym letters) priorities, including exporting same.
As of Wednesday, the State Department did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News about the CEN award.
The administration has categorized this particular funding under the heading of public diplomacy, however, with these lofty, formal objectives:
“To support the achievement of U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives, advance national interests, and enhance national security by informing and influencing foreign publics and by expanding and strengthening the relationship between the people and government of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world.”
Leaving aside the Biden apologists, here’s a sample of the responses on Twitter to the scoop from Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin:
I’m incensed. Knowing this is happening at the same time Americans are having to choose whether to fill the car up or put food on the table or pay for their children’s education and/or medical care is outrageous.
— 𝕵𝖊𝖓𝖓 🇺🇸 Libertas est a Deo data ius (@RealStenoJenn) October 19, 2022
If this gives you pause, you should really check out the Festivus List of Grievances that Senator @RandPaul puts out every Christmas. Seeing some of the things our government chooses to spend our money on will blow your mind. Especially given how much people are hurting here.
— Holly Thornton (@beachmamax2) October 19, 2022
We are borrowing money from China and sending it to Ecuador for this?!?!
This administration is perennially stuck on stupid.
— Blaise Ingoglia (@GovGoneWild) October 20, 2022
This is what U.S. taxpayer money is being spent on under @POTUS
Pay attention: this type of funding is listed in the category of ‘foreign aid’. Congress passes bills, but never reads them. Vote them all out.https://t.co/0OCpjOIWSt
— honornc (@honornc) October 19, 2022
I don’t care about the drag show part.
What I do want to know is why the US government is giving a cultural center in Ecuador $20k?
— Andy Stevens 🇺🇸 (@mrandystevens) October 19, 2022
It should. Any mis-using of tax payer funds should concern every US citizen. They waste, waste, and waste some more.
— Penguins Legend (@ZarleyZalapski) October 20, 2022
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