Pete Buttigieg appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this weekend to respond to rightwing radio host Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of Buttigieg’s homosexuality. Buttigieg also discussed how Buttigieg’s campaign hopes to woo non-white voters in the upcoming Nevada and South Carolina primaries.
“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh,” Buttigieg told Wallace, “or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as political leader of the United States.” He added that America is ready to move on from their kind of “values.”
Last week, Limbaugh — who recently received the Medal of Honor from President Trump — called Buttigieg “booty judge” and said that Buttigieg “loves kissing his husband on debate stages,” adding that it would be difficult to explain that to TV viewers’ children. Limbaugh also said, “[Some Democrats want to] get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election. Really. Having fun envisioning that.”
In response, Buttigieg told Wallace, “Well, I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband.”
Although Buttigieg didn’t mention it, Limbaugh has been married four times.
Buttigieg continued, “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging that welcomes everybody. That’s what the American people are for, and I am saddened for what the Republican party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.”
When Wallace asked Buttigieg about how he plans on earning increased support from non-white voters whose numbers make up a large part of Nevada and South Carolina, Buttigieg said, “Latino voters here in Nevada know that they are under siege in this administration.”
He continued, “[I have been] talking to Black voters who are sick and tired of the economic disempowerment alongside the injustices of systemic racism and looking for a President who can bring change to Washington and, more than anything, looking for a nominee who can defeat Donald Trump.”
“The Senate demonstrated that it is not going to hold this president accountable,” Buttigieg said of the Senate’s recent acquittal of Trump’s impeachment charges.” It is up to us in 2020 — it is our only shot.”
Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the host of the show as “Chris Matthews.” We regret the error.