Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he doesn’t think he would be the first gay president if he is elected to the White House in 2020.
Asked about possible attacks on his sexuality from Republicans, the South Bend, Ind., mayor, who is gay, told “Axios on HBO” that “we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.”
The Hill Reports:
“People will elect the person who will make the best president,” Buttigieg said. “And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal,” adding that some were likely gay as well.
“You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?” Host Mike Allen asked.
“I mean, statistically it’s almost certain,” Buttigieg replied.
But the 2020 hopeful said he would not speculate on which former presidents might have been gay.
“My gaydar doesn’t even work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he said.
If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay U.S. president.
Recent polling data shows that while trailing behind other 2020 Democratic Primary candidates — including former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) — Buttigieg has some traction in early voting states as well as key primary states including South Carolina.
From The Hill