- Pete Buttigieg, a breakout 2020 democratic candidate, said it is "statistically almost safe", the US has previously had a gay president.
- Buttigieg said he could not be sure who the former president was, because his "gaydar" did not work, but said it was "statistically almost safe."
- According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, 9.8% of Washington DC identifies as LGBT, the highest of any US state.
- Buttigieg is a rising star in the lead of the 2020 elections, with recent polls suggesting that most voters find him more "selectable" than many other more established Democratic candidates.
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Pete Buttigieg, a breakout 2020 democratic candidate said it is "statistically almost certain" the US has had a gay president before.
On Sunday, Buttigieg defended himself as "Axios on HBO", but he defended himself against critics who say he would be too young, liberal, or gay to be elected commander.
"People choose the person who will make the best president," he said. "And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I could imagine that we have had excellent presidents who were gay – we just didn't know which ones."
"Statistically, it's almost safe," he added.
According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, 9.8% of the Washington D.C. as LGBT, the highest of any US state. Gallup estimated that 4.5% of the US population identifies as LGBT in 2017.
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When asked if he could refer to historically which president might have been gay, Buttigieg said that his " gaydar "was not well-tuned.
"My gaydar himself does not work so well in the present, let alone retroactively." he said. "But you can only assume that is the case."
Pete Buttigieg is a rising star in the lead of the 2020 elections, with recent polls suggesting that most voters find him more "selectable" than many other more established democratic candidates. 19659031] Buttigieg would be the first open gay nominee for both parties. The 37-year-old said he and man Chasten, who celebrated their one-year wedding day on Sunday, would be open to raising children in the White House.
"I can't see why not," said Buttigieg. "I think it wouldn't be the first time kids have arrived at a first couple."
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