USA Today reports:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy has fueled speculation about how the American electorate would react to its first gay president. But, according to Buttigieg, he would not be the first gay president.
In an interview with “Axios on HBO” aired on Sunday evening, Buttigieg asserted that it’s “almost certain” he would not be the first gay president. Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana mayor running for the Democratic nomination, had been asked if Americans might react adversely to his sexual orientation.
He responded: “I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. 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. I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay – we just didn’t know which ones.”
Chatting confidently about what he’d do as commander-in-chief, Pete Buttigieg told me for “Axios on HBO” that he “wouldn’t put it past” President Trump to allow the border “to become worse in order to have it be a more divisive issue, so that he could benefit politically.”
“The president needs this crisis to get worse, even though it makes a liar out of him,” Buttigieg said at his campaign HQ in South Bend, Ind. “I don’t think he’s worried about that. I don’t think he cares if it gets better. But he certainly doesn’t benefit from comprehensively fixing the problem.”
Pete Buttigieg says “statistically it’s almost certain” there’s been a gay U.S. president. @hbodocs @dctvny pic.twitter.com/2aXtkZAKgU
— Axios (@axios) June 16, 2019