Gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg just weighed in on whether he thinks former President James Buchanan was gay.
Buchanan served as the 15th President of the United States from 1857 to 1861.
The speculation surrounding his sexuality comes about after the Washington Post published an article yesterday (26 March) making the claims.
The article cites Buchanan as the only American president not to have a partner. It then claims Buchanan was in a relationship with William Rufus King, who most famously served as Franklin Pierce’s vice president.
They then cite a letter Buchanan wrote to a friend, complaining about not being able to find the right gentleman partner.
‘I am now “solitary and alone,” having no companion in the house with me,’ Buchanan wrote. ‘I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them.’
The Washington Post is not the first to claim Buchanan was gay. Several writers have put forth these same arguments, including sociologist James W Loewen, and authors Robert P Watson and Shelley Ross.
So was President James Buchanan gay?
Buzzfeed News’ live morning show AM2DM wanted to get to the bottom of it all.
The hosts had Pete Buttigieg on as a guest and asked: ‘The Washington Post recently wrote that you wouldn’t be the first gay president — that would be James Buchanan.
‘But this seems like the thing that you would probably have a view on, as a bit of a nerd. What do you think?’
Buttigieg paused and then said: ‘It kind of sounds that way but my gaydar is not great to begin with and it definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time.’
He then added: ‘So I think we’ll just have to let the historians figure that one out.’
Mayor @PeteButtigieg when asked about James Buchanan being the first gay president: “My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time.” pic.twitter.com/xx7pJRCjXT
— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) March 27, 2019
Pete Buttigieg recently placed third in a new poll out of Iowa. He earned double digits and surpassed more nationally known contenders like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
The poll, conducted by Emerson Polling, gathered data on voters’ impressions of presidential candidates in the Democratic party.
Buttigieg came in third in the poll and was one of only four candidates to garner double-digit support.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to officially declare his candidacy, led the pack with 25%. Bernie Sanders, who ran against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, trailed close behind with 24%.
He earned 11% of the vote, followed by Kamala Harris with 10%.
Buttigieg announced his candidacy in January. He is currrently the only openly gay candidate running for President in the 2020 election.