Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stunned many over the weekend when he claimed that America has had “many gay presidents.”
During an interview with Axios that aired Sunday night on HBO, Buttigieg, who is openly gay, said he believes that the United States has had gay presidents.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor claimed that people are not aware of who these gay presidents are because some may have kept their sexuality a secret.
“Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim,” Axios’ Mike Allen asked Buttigieg.
“If you were to win the nomination, they’ll say you’re too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?” Allen asked.
“I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect the person who will make the best president,” he said.
“And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones,” he said.
“You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?” Allen fired back.
“I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain,” Buttigieg claimed.
“In your reading of history, do you believe you know who they were?” Allen asked.
“My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case,” Buttigieg said.
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