Contrary to mainstream media’s projection of the president being close-minded and intolerant, President Trump stated this week that he would vote for gay man for president if he agreed with his policies.
Geraldo Rivera asked President Trump on his Fox News podcast whether he believed Americans would vote for a gay man that was running for President. This question is clearly connected to Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg who is a gay man.
President Trump admitted that there are people who would not support a candidate’s homosexuality, but he distinctly separated himself by stating he would not be in that group of Americans.
President Trump stated to Geraldo in the interview: “I think that it doesn’t seem to be hurting Pete ‘Boot-edge-edge,’” He went on to say “It doesn’t seem to be hurting him very much. But there would certainly be a group. You know this better than I do. There would be a group that probably wouldn’t. But you and I would not be in that group.”
Daily Wire reported on the recent interview.
President Trump’s remarks regarding Buttigieg’s candidacy correlates with a statement he made last year in which he expressed joy in seeing the mayor openly display his sexuality throughout his candidacy.
“I think it’s great. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good,” Trump said.
According to The Hill, a 2019 Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans would vote for a gay or lesbian presidential candidate. Along party lines, 83% said they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate versus 61% of Republicans and 82% of independents.
The question of whether or not Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality would affect him in the overall election has been raised in recent days. On Wednesday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh came under fire when he said that the mayor’s LGBT identity could be a potential weakness.
“They’re looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. And they’re saying, OK, how’s this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to ‘Mr. Man’ Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there? And they got to be looking at that, and they’ve got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that’s been covered, America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage,” Limbaugh said.
“They have to be saying this, don’t they? Now, there may be some Democrats who think that is the ticket. There may be some Democrats who think that’s exactly what we need to do, Rush. Get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election. Really. Having fun envisioning that,” he continued.
Predictions are plentiful as Democrats and Republicans in both camps have projected that Buttigieg’s sexuality could both hurt and help voter turnout. Buttigieg’s fellow Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn from South Carolina, stated that Mayor Pete’s sexuality may deter older black voters.
Clyburn also has stated about Buttigieg’s sexuality that “I think everybody knows that’s an issue.”
Pete Buttigieg commented that the inability to vote for people that are a different race or sexuality is an “old predjudice” that he believes Americans will be able to bypass in order to elect the person they believe will be the best president.