President Trump said that if the right candidate – who happened to be gay – were running for office, he would vote for that person.
Speaking with Geraldo Rivera’s podcast on Thursday, President Trump was asked whether or not Americans would “vote for a gay man to be president” in light of Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 candidacy.
“I think so,” President Donald Trump said. “I think there would be some that wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t be among that group, to be honest with you.”
The President added that Mayor Pete being married to a man has not hurt his candidacy while admitting that some segments of the voting population may be turned off by it.
“I think that it doesn’t seem to be hurting Pete ‘Boot-edge-edge,’” Trump continued. “It doesn’t seem to be hurting him very much. But there would certainly be a group. You know this better than I do. There would be a group that probably wouldn’t. But you and I would not be in that group.”
President Trump’s comments regarding Buttigieg’s candidacy correlates with a statement he made just last year in which he expressed joy in seeing the mayor openly display his sexuality throughout his candidacy.
“I think it’s great. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good,” Trump said.
According to The Hill, a 2019 Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans would vote for a gay or lesbian presidential candidate. Along party lines, 83% said they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate versus 61% of Republicans and 82% of independents.
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