Who is Heather Nauert?
Heather Nauert is currently a spokesperson for the State Department. A former Fox & Friends host, she came into the role with no policy or political experience.
A few months after President Trump said he wanted Nauert to become UN ambassador, she abruptly pulled herself out of the running. As UN ambassador, Nauert would have been tasked with advising President Trump on foreign policy, representing the U.S. on the global stage, negotiating deals with other countries, and advancing human rights for all people. But she has a troubling perspective on human rights. At Fox News and as State Department Spokesperson, she’s repeatedly and consistently supported the Trump-Pence administration’s harmful agenda and espoused racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-reproductive health rhetoric.
Heather Nauert would have replaced Nikki Haley, who also had no formal foreign policy experience when she was nominated by Trump. During her two years as U.N. ambassador, Haley led a wide range of efforts to roll back reproductive rights for women and girls worldwide.Tracking Trump
As a Fox News host, Nauert cited unreliable sources to support harmful views on abortion, Muslims, and immigration. She also said the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, was a ploy to "get more black votes."Salon
Nauert has spoken out against the LGBTQ community, and once dismissed gender-inclusive restrooms as "P.C."Media Matters
We... look forward to [Nauert] defending the administration’s pro-life priorities at the UN.”
Family Research Council President & U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Commissioner
Nauert’s newscasts have been peppered with Islamophobia, including one Fox segment in which Nauert criticized a YMCA swimming program that made accommodations for Muslim girls.USA Today
As a mouthpiece for the administration, Nauert’s nomination fits into Trump’s pattern of packing the administration with loyalists. In 2018, Nauert praised the State Department’s work to strip language about reproductive rights from its annual human rights reports.Huffington Post
Nauert’s position follows the Trump-Pence administration’s global efforts to empower anti-LGBTQ hate groups and restrict reproductive rights — moves that have rolled back America’s standing as an ally to the sexual and reproductive rights movement.Planned Parenthood
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