Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he doesn’t believe he’ll be the first gay president if elected in 2020.
The South Bend Indiana major told Axios on HBO that ‘statistically almost certain’ that one of the previous 44 presidents may have been queer, but did not come out.
Buttigieg made the remarks after executive editor Mike Allen asked how the mayor would respond to Republican criticism that the contender is ‘too young, too liberal [and,] too gay’ to be president.
What did he say?
When Allen pressed the presidential hopeful about concerns from his red tie-wearing contenders, Buttigieg looked to the past.
‘I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country,’ he said.
‘People will elect the person who will make the best president. And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal.’
He continued: ‘I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay—we just didn’t know which ones.’
Moreover, the mayor added it was ‘statistically […] almost certain.’
But which of the 45 US presidents could have been queer? Buttigieg continued: ‘My gaydar doesn’t even work that well in the present, let alone retroactively.
‘But one can only assume that’s the case.’
Who is Pete Buttigieg?
Buttigieg, the openly gay, multilingual mayor, is the upstart the Democrats didn’t see coming.
Furthermore, the 37-year-old has arguably vaulted himself into a large – and growing – field of blue tie-wearing politicians all vying to take on President Donald Trump, 72.
A fan of universal healthcare, universal background checks for firearm purchases, and pro-environment policies that tackle climate change, Buttigieg also wants to abolish capital punishment.