Mitt Romney apparently can't win when it comes to gay hire Richard Grenell.

Romney's hiring of Grenell was strongly condemned by some social conservatives. They argued the action was a clear message of support to the gay community.

Grenell resigned from the post of foreign policy spokesperson earlier this week. In a statement, Grenell said he felt his ability to do his job was “greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues.”

Without addressing his critics, Romney defended the move during an appearance on Fox News: “He's a very accomplished spokesperson. We select people not based upon their ethnicity or their sexual preference or their gender but upon their capability.”

Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) led the charge against Grenell and cheered his resignation.

On Friday, Fischer suggested Romney was weak for allowing himself to be pushed around on the issue.

“If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese?” Fischer asked on his AFA-sponsored show, Focal Point. “How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea, if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don't think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Jon Stewart mocks Bryan Fischer's hostility to Mitt Romney's gay hire Ric Grenell.)