In an ABC News feature set to air Thursday night, Chasten Buttigieg responds to homophobic comments made by Rush Limbaugh about America being uncomfortable with a gay president.
Anchor Linsey Davis brings up Rush’s remarks for the network’s “Running Mates” series and Chasten, the husband of Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, says he’s been dealing with people like Limbaugh all his life.
In a preview clip for the interview, which will be broadcast at 7 pm ET on the streaming news channel ABC News Live, Davis gauges Chasten’s reaction to Limbaugh saying America doesn’t want to see a “gay guy kissing his husband” at a debate.
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Limbaugh compared Pete to the “manly” Donald Trump, saying voters would see “a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to ‘Mr. Man,’ Donald Trump.”
Putting aside the fact that “Mr. Man” isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when looking at Donald Trump, here’s how Chasten responds:
“Well, look this isn’t new. I’ve been dealing with this my whole life. I’d I dealt with a multitude of Rush Limbaugh’s when I was walking through the hallways of my high school.”
“What I’m actually worried about are the young people in this country who are watching the historic nature of this campaign. Watching how people talk about it, watching how people react to it and treat it. And wondering if this country is actually a safe place for them to be.”
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