When the right presidential candidate happens to be gay, President Trump mentioned that he would vote for them.
Trump spoke to Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera on his podcast Thursday, he was asked to discuss whether Americans would “vote for a gay man to be president” in light of Mayor Buttigieg’s 2020 candidacy.
“I believe so,” Trump said. “I believe there would be some that wouldn’t, and I also wouldn’t be among that group, to tell the truth along with you.”
Mayor Pete, getting married to a man, had not harmed his candidacy, and President Trump said while admitting that some parts of the voting population will be turned off by it.
“I feel that it doesn’t seem to damage Pete ‘Boot-edge-edge,’” Trump continues. “It doesn’t appear to be hurting him significantly. But there would most likely a group of people. You already know this much better than I do. There will be a group of people that probably wouldn’t. But you and also I would not be in that team.”
President Trump’s remarks regarding Buttigieg’s candidacy correlates using a statement he created a year ago where he expressed his delight in seeing the mayor being open with his sexuality throughout his candidacy.
“I believe it’s fantastic. I do believe that’s something that perhaps some people will have difficulties with. We have no problem using it at all. I believe it’s great,” Trump mentioned.
According to the Hill, a 2019 Gallup poll indicated that 64% of Americans would support a gay or lesbian presidential candidate. Along party lines, 83% stated they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate versus 61% of Republicans and 82% of independents.
The question of whether Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality would impact him within the all-round election has been raised for days already. On Wednesday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was caught on fire when he said that the mayor’s LGBT identification could be quite a possible weakness.
“They’re looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband in the debate period. And they’re saying, Okay, 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? Plus they got to be looking at this, and they’ve got to be declaring, that despite all of the excellent progress and all of the great wokeness, and despite all of the fantastic ground that was covered, America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage,” Limbaugh said.
“They must be stated this, don’t they? Now, there might be some Democrats who believe which is the ticket. There may be some Democrats who believe that’s just what we must do, Rush. Get yourself a gay man kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election. They are having a good time envisioning that,” he continues.
Democrats have made very similar arguments. Just this Nov, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) stated that Buttigieg’s sexuality could be quite a deterrent for older black color voters.
“I am aware of many people my age group that feel that way,” said Clyburn. “I’m not going to sit here and inform you normally. I think every person knows that’s a problem.”
In reaction to Clyburn’s remarks, Buttigieg expressed confidence that his candidacy could break through people’s “old prejudices.”
“It is remarkable how Americans are capable of shifting previous outdated practice, moving past old prejudices, producing history, and obtaining the president that will provide them best regardless of the other sound that’s circling the race,” he said.