Trump: I Would Vote for a Gay Presidential Candidate

Friday February 14, 2020

In the wake of the recent success of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for his White House bid, President Donald Trump was asked if he'd vote for an openly gay presidential candidate, to which he said, he would, according to a report from Politico.

His comments came during an interview on Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera's podcast, where Trump also said he thinks Americans would elect an openly gay candidate as president.

"I think so. I think there would be some that wouldn't, and I wouldn't be among that group, to be honest with you," Trump told Rivera, then mentioning Buttigieg's high finishes in the Iowa and New Hampshire causes.

"I think that, yes, I think that it doesn't seem to be hurting Pete 'Boot-edge-edge' as you say, as you would call him," the president said, using the former South Bend, Indiana mayor's phonetic pronunciation of his last name. "It doesn't seem to be hurting him very much but ... there would be a group that probably wouldn't. But you or I wouldn't be in that group."

Buttigieg, who is openly gay and married to his partner Chasten, has finished in the top-two positions in the first two Democratic presidential contests. During the Iowa caucus, a video of a woman who asked for her vote back after learning Buttigieg is gay went viral.

Politico reports that this isn't the first time Trump has commented on Buttigieg's sexuality. He lauded the idea that Buttigieg is running for president, calling his campaign a "sign of great progress" during a Fox News interview earlier this year. Despite that, a number of the president's policies directly hurt LGBTQ people, including his attempt to rollback protections for transgender military members. Additionally, Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, has a notorious anti-LGBTQ record, especially while he served as governor of Indiana.

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