2020 hopeful and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, claims that the United States has already had a gay president, and we didn’t even know it.
While Buttigieg has no actual proof to speak of, his argument is based on his belief that the statistics are in favor of his claim.
Bizpacreview.com reported that Buttigieg, known to his followers as “Mayor Pete,” thinks that if he was elected president in 2020 — which is about as likely as John Wayne suddenly coming back to life and immediately beginning work on “The Searchers 2” — then he probably wouldn’t be America’s first gay president.
“I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones,” Buttgieg said to Mike Allen on HBO’s “Axios” in a clip shared on Sunday.
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From Market Watch
Pete Buttigieg doesn’t think he’ll be the first gay president of the United States.
But maybe the second? Or the third?
In an interview broadcast Sunday on “Axios on HBO,” the Democratic candidate said it’s “almost certain” we’ve already had a gay president.
“I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain,” Buttigieg said, when asked if he thinks there have been past gay presidents.
When pressed for who, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., didn’t hazard a guess.
“My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he said. “But one can only assume that’s the case.”
In 2018, a Gallup poll found a record 4.5% of Americans identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Forty-four men have been president, so when one crunches the numbers, it would not be statistically improbable that one or two of those have been gay — just not open about it.