Garrett has a friend in Donald Trump, however.
The White House recently announced that Trump will nominate Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank, a government agency that assists with financing and insurance for American exports to other countries.
The former Congressman joins a long and growing list of anti-LGBT individuals whom Trump has named to key positions in his administration. In contrast, the list of LGBT Americans he has nominated could be counted on one hand with fingers left over.
Trump's nomination of Garrett is tone deaf for a number of important reasons in addition to his anti-LGBT history. The nomination is opposed by both Democrats and Republicans as well as industry leaders the Bank serves.
Further, Garrett hates the very existence of the Export-Import Bank and was always bitching about it when he was in Congress, hardly the sort of person who should objectively manage the agency.
Of course, this is not the first person Trump has nominated who wants to weaken or outright destroy the very agency he or she would head -- the same has happened with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and many more.
Senior administration officials have admitted in closed-door meetings with GOP donors they're determined to weaken and "deconstruct" the federal government as much as possible.
Trump's vision is clearly a nastier, crueler society where safety nets are nearly non-existent and hate is not only encouraged but rewared through draconian legislation like the fraudulently named First Amendment Defense Act, which would legalize anti-LGBT hate and then pay the legal bills of anyone sued for discrimination.
As for Garrett, his only real qualification seems to be he was an early endorser of Trump when he first ran for President. That is consistent with the President's quid pro quo behavior with many nominees -- he picks them not because they are qualified but because they flattered him with endorsements.