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GOP Pundit Complains Buttigieg ‘Made Gayness An Issue’ By Kissing Husband


GOP Pundit Complains Buttigieg ‘Made Gayness An Issue’ By Kissing Husband

Conservative radio host Chandelle Summer is facing a backlash after criticizing South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) on Sunday for “making his gayness an issue” in the 2020 presidential race by kissing his husband.

The Indiana mayor affectionately embraced his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, on stage after officially announcing his candidacy on April 14.

“Clearly Pete Buttigieg has made his gayness an issue in this campaign. He’s brought his husband up on stage. They shared a kiss during his announcement,” Summer said to MSNBC anchor Kendis Gibson. “I think he made it a huge issue. He talked about his spouse, Chasten, and the fact that they were married.”

“This is not a typical candidate. He made it an issue,” Summer added. “He could have ignored it. He could have said nothing. And people would speculate about it. But he made it an issue.”

MSNBC anchor Kendis Gibson challenged Summer, pointing out: “He’s made his gayness an issue as much as a straight couple has made their straightness an issue. He barely mentioned he was a gay person during his speech to declare his candidacy.”

The Buttigiegs met on a dating app in 2015 and were married in 2018.

Chasten, 29, a junior high school humanities and drama teacher from Michigan, also serves as a campaign spokesman and adviser to the Afghan War veteran and Rhodes scholar.

Buttigieg campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith condemned Summer in a Sunday tweet, calling the commentary one of the “craziest and most offensive” segments she had seen on the left-leaning MSNBC.


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