With his impressive background and mid-western charm, South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg has had an impressive start to his presidential campaign. While he’s not the first openly gay major party presidential candidate, he has, to this point, been the most successful.
During an interview with Axios over the weekend, Buttigieg made an interesting claim about the history of LGBTQ politicians. He told the news source that statistically, there was most likely a gay president in the past.
During an interview with Mike Allen, the South Bend mayor theorized that there must have been an gay president. ““I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay—we just didn’t know which ones,” said Buttigieg.
Allen followed the response by asking, “You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?”. The Democratic candidate replied, “I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain. My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”
A recent Gallup estimate found that 4.5% of American not identify as LGBT. The number is even higher among Millennials, of whom 8.2% identify as LGBT. Of course, these figures only included those who are openly gay.
Last week, it was announced that Buttigieg will be taking part in the first series of Democratic debates. The debates have been split into two groups due to the large number of candidates. The South Bend Mayor’s debate group includes Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, among others. The two debates will begin on June 27th.