Here’s exactly what he said…
Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democrat candidate for president who is gay, said he believes that the United States has had gay presidents.
He said that we are not aware of who these gay presidents are as they kept their sexuality a secret, but he believes they did exist.
“Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim,” Axios on HBO asked him.
“If you were to win the nomination, they’ll say you’re too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?” Axios said.
“I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect 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 would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones,” he said, Axios reported.
“You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?” Axios asked Buttigieg who did not hesitate in giving an affirmative answer.
“I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain,” Buttigieg said, although he offered no evidence that one out of 45 people is gay.
“In your reading of history, do you believe you know who they were?” Axios said to the progressive candidate.
“My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case,” Buttigieg said.
The percentage of the gay population is consistently overestimated by Americans, a study by PSMag reported in 2017.
The study’s first finding is that “the public tends to consistently overestimate the size of the gay and lesbian population.” The average guess in 1977 was between 10 and 19 percent; in 2013, it had increased to 23 percent.
But 23 percent, which is close to one out of every four people, is far from accurate, Gallup reported in a study conducted in 2015.
The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.
The stability of these estimates over time contrasts with the major shifts in Americans’ attitudes about the morality and legality of gay and lesbian relations in the past two decades. Whereas 38% of Americans said gay and lesbian relations were morally acceptable in 2002, that number has risen to 63% today. And while 35% of Americans favored legalized same-sex marriage in 1999, 60% favor it today.
The U.S. Census Bureau documents the number of individuals living in same-sex households but has not historically identified individuals as gay or lesbian per se. Several other surveys, governmental and non-governmental, have over the years measured sexual orientation, but the largest such study by far has been the Gallup Daily tracking measure instituted in June 2012. In this ongoing study, respondents are asked “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” with 3.8% being the most recent result, obtained from more than 58,000 interviews conducted in the first four months of this year.
Statistically Buttigieg is correct, but that would be in a vacuum where 3.8 percent of every group that does any job is homosexual.
With only 45 presidents in history, and the fact that each was married to a woman, added to the scrutiny each candidate deals with, it is less than certain.
Src: The Federalist Papers
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