Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Buttigieg: It's 'Almost Certain' America Has Had a Gay President

Buttigieg: It's 'Almost Certain' America Has Had a Gay President

Buttigieg, who is regarded as the first gay man with any realistic chance of winning a major-party nomination, said it was "statistically nearly certain" that at least one of the 44 men who have held the office was gay.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor explained in an interview with "Axios on HBO" that opponents can not use his age, political views, or sexual choices against him because the categories that define him - young, liberal, and gay - are not qualities new to the White House. "And we now rating had improbable presidents who rating been younger".

The mayor of South Bend, who has transformed from little-known politician to one of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, was responding to a question about how he might combat criticism from conservatives that he is too young, too liberal and too gay.

Buttigieg was asked by Axios' Executive Editor Mike Allen how he would respond to Republicans who say he is "too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander in chief". Still, if by some miracle Buttigieg prevails, the first "gay" president might just get his face on a $3 bill.

Having dropped this bombshell, Buttigieg was unwilling to speculate exactly which former White House residents were gay.

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He added that "statistically, it's nearly certain".

Buttigieg made his comments in an interview with Axios on HBO.

"Folks will elect the actual person that will form basically the most simple president", the mayor, 37, acknowledged.

"My gaydar even doesn't work that well in the present, let alone retroactively", he continued.

According to Gallup, 4.5% of Americans in 2018 identified as LGBTQ. As to which ones preferred the company of men, Buttigieg isn't sure. "But one can only assume that's the case". Buchanan and King "were roommates" before Buchanan became president. Whether or not someone can do the job is more important than their sexual orientation or their age.

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