Rightwing radio host Rush Limbaugh questioned whether out Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s relationship to his husband could be explained “to your children.”
“So I saw a political ad, where Mayor Pete, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, going on and on and on and on and on, about how parents in America are struggling to explain President Trump to their children,” Limbaugh said.
“And then I happen to see this,” he said, holding up a photo of Buttigieg kissing his husband for his video feed subscribers, saying that Pete kisses Chasten “frequently.”
“You think — natural conclusion — so he says Trump causes problems for parents, what about that?”
Limbaugh was recently diagnosed with lung cancer after years of denying that smoking causes cancer. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump’s recent game show-style State of the Union address.
To say that Limbaugh has a history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric would be an understatement. Since he started broadcasting, he has used his platform extensively to denigrate LGBTQ people and advance anti-LGBTQ policies.
In 1989, he said that the best way to stop HIV was “do not ask another man to bend over and make love at the exit point. That’s what you don’t do.”
By the 2000s, marriage equality became the target of his disdain.
“They seek to impose their perverted views, their depraved views on family and marriage,” he said, talking about marriage equality activists in 2010. “Marriage is a union of a man and a woman… This is about destroying an institution.”
He claimed in 2014, before marriage equality was even a reality in all of the U.S., that straight people were the real marginalized group: “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the two to five percent that are homosexual.”
He also said that there was a “movement on to normalize pedophilia” that was related to the movement for marriage equality.
Ironically, Melania Trump, who bestowed the award on Limbaugh, has spent her time as First Lady advancing her “Be Best” campaign, which is about stopping bullying.