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.
Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg: "I would imagine we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay, we just didn't know which ones"
When asked which presidents he thinks were gay, he responds: "My gaydar doesn't even work that well"pic.twitter.com/34y8edyIO4
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 16, 2019
With only 45 presidents in U.S. history, and the fact that every single one was married to a woman, Buttigieg’s comments are certainly bizarre.
And, of course, he provided no evidence whatsoever to support his claim.
Buttigieg has come under fire quite a few times in recent months for making utterly bizarre and controversial remarks.
Last month, Buttigieg invoked God in order to bash President Donald Trump and said he “can’t imagine” that God would be in the political party that elected the president.
Before that, he said America was never that great.
During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Buttigieg told the audience that America “was never as great as advertised.”
Beyond that, Buttigieg has taken countless shots at the Trump administration.
Last month, Buttigieg referenced the Bible to call Evangelical Trump supporters hypocrites.
While speaking to CNN’s Kirsten Powers last month, Buttigieg called Vice President Mike Pence the “cheerleader for the porn-star presidency” and strongly implied that Trump doesn’t believe in God.
“I’m reluctant to comment on another person’s faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president’s actions and believe that they’re the actions of somebody who believes in God,” Buttigieg said.
This is who Democratic voters are apparently excited about.