Pete Buttigieg—who wants to be known as “the butt guy“— was on “Axios on HBO” that “we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — just like Barack Obama. I wouldn’t be the first.”
Why it matters: Buttigieg, who is rising in polls and would be the first openly gay nominee of either party, talks easily about his sexual orientation when asked. But that’s nothing compared to candidate Eric Swalwell who wants to transition to a black woman before the election.
“Axios on HBO:” “Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. 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?”
Pete Buttigieg: “I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect the person who will make the best president. 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 like Barack Obama. I mean it’s pretty clear he’s gay and Michelle is a dude. And everyone loves them. I wouldn’t be the first gay president.”
“Axios on HBO:” “They were wonderful weren’t they? But I’m not sure that they were gay.”
Pete Buttigieg: “I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain. Have you seen Barack riding around on a bike with mom jeans. He’s super gay! And Michelle? Have you seen her on Ellen?”
“Axios on HBO:” “Any other notable figures in history that you think are gay?”
Pete Buttigieg: “Well, my gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But probably a majority of them were gay.”