America has had gay presidents before, thinks the candidate candidate of Pete Buttigieg from 2020.
Buttigieg, who is considered the first gay man with a realistic chance of winning a nomination by a major party, said it & # 39; statistically almost certainly & # 39; was that at least one of the 44 men who had the office was gay.
Asked which one, the mayor of South Bend said: & # 39; My gaydar doesn't even work so well in the present, let alone retrospectively. & # 39;
The hopeful and Afghanistan veteran from 2020 celebrated his first marriage to his husband Chasten yesterday and has proposed to start a family in the White House.
Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg, pictured, said it was & # 39; statistically almost certain & # 39; was that at least one of America's previous presidents was gay
If elected, he would be the first openly gay president, the youngest ever elected to the age of 38, and the first mayor to ascend directly to the White House, giving his campaign a historic appeal.
However, it has also raised concerns about whether he is experienced enough for the White House, and whether Americans are willing to choose a gay head.
In an interview with Axios at HBO he was asked how he would respond to likely attacks that he & # 39; too young, too liberal (s) too gay & # 39; is.
The mayor explained that he would talk about his policy and said: “We have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I imagine we probably had excellent presidents who were gay – we just didn't know which. & # 39;
Challenged by his last point, he said it was & # 39; statistically almost certain & # 39; was that one of the 44 previous presidents was gay.
There are no official statistics on how many Americans are gay, although a survey last year found that the LGBT population as a whole was about 4.5 percent of the population.
Pete Buttigieg, on the right, celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his husband Chasten yesterday, left (pictured together at a human rights event in Las Vegas last month)
Some presidents – in particular the 15th commander-in-chief James Buchanan, the only lifelong bachelor among 44 men – have been the subject of speculation.
A poll by Quinnipiac in April showed that 70 percent of Americans say they are open to the election of a gay man as president.
However, only 36 percent believed that the country was ready for that.
& # 39; The good news for Mayor Pete Buttigieg is that voters seem ready to accept a gay man as president. The bad news for Buttigieg is that voters think it just won't happen & # 39 ;, a Quinnipiac poll explained.
The 70 percent who were open to vote for a gay man, included 85 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has greatly strengthened his profile since joining the 2020 race.
His polls grew in the first months of this year and changed him from an outsider to a plausible candidate for nomination.
Some Democratic polls put him in third place behind only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg attends an anti-Donald Trump rally in Washington last week. He would be the first openly gay president and the youngest person to ever take office
Polls for a hypothetical Buttigieg vs Trump race in the fall of 2020 have suggested a close match.
Buttigieg would be the youngest person to become president and become the day before the next inauguration, on January 20, 2021.
Born in 1982, he would also be the first president of the millennium.
Theodore Roosevelt was 42 when he took office, while John F. Kennedy was 43 and Bill Clinton 46.
Buttigieg has criticized Donald Trump's campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, and says that the way to move the country forward is not to look back or stick to an old way of life.
& # 39; There is a myth that is being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop and turn back the clock, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It comes from people who think that the only way to reach communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia and an impossible promise to return to a bygone era that was never as big as advertised to participate. to begin. & # 39;
South Bend, which is adjacent to the University of Notre Dame, was hit hard by the decline in production, dating from the closure of the Studebaker factory in 1963, which cost thousands of jobs.
The colossal, dilapidated factory loomed over the city for the past sixty years, as Mr. Buttigieg called a daily reminder of South Bend & # 39; s past.
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