Metro Weekly

Rush Limbaugh: Americans won’t vote for Pete Buttigieg because he ‘loves to kiss his husband’

Limbaugh received bipartisan criticism for the comments

Rush Limbaugh, Pete Buttigieg, president, trump, gay

Rush Limbaugh and Pete Buttigieg — Photos: The White House (L), LGBTQ Victory Fund (R)

Right-wing media personality Rush Limbaugh has claimed that Americans won’t vote for former Mayor Pete Buttigieg because he “loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage.”

Limbaugh, who was controversially given the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week, has a history of anti-LGBTQ, racist, and sexist comments.

In a recent segment on his radio show about the Democratic candidates for president, Limbaugh said, “A gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

Limbaugh, who recently revealed he has advanced lung cancer, then asked how Americans would view Buttigieg standing next to “Mr. Man Donald Trump.”

“They’re looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage,” Limbaugh said, in comments highlighted by Media Matters. “And they’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there?’

“They got to be looking at that, and they’ve got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that’s been covered, America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president,” he continued.

He then said that some Democrats want a “gay guy kissing his husband on stage” to “ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election.”

He added: “Really. Having fun envisioning that.”

Limbaugh was criticized for the comments from both Democrats and Republicans.

“It’s a miscalculation as to where the country is at,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), told the Associated Press. “I think the country is not going to disqualify somebody because of their sexual orientation.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), whose son is gay, said, “[Limbaugh] may disagree, as I do, with their policy positions, but the question is what their qualifications are, not other issues.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed Limbaugh’s comments while appearing on The View, calling them “part of the depravity of this administration.”

“Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he is smart as hell,” Biden said.

The View co-host Joy Behar noted that Buttigieg “served in the military bravely for his country.”

“The ‘Man’ got out with a deferment because he had bone spurs,” Behar said of Trump. “Rush Limbaugh, you know how he got out of the army? He got a cyst on his butt. That is a fact.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin added: “[Limbaugh] is woefully deficient in terms of being chosen as a presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.”

Trump also addressed the comments during an interview with conservative radio host Geraldo Rivera, saying there “would certainly be a group” who wouldn’t back Buttigieg because of his sexuality, but he and Rivera “would not be in that group.”

“I think there would be some that wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t be among that group to be honest with you,” Trump said. “But I think that yes, I think that it doesn’t seem to be hurting Pete Buttigieg…. It doesn’t seem to be hurting him very much.”

Buttigieg is currently leading the race to earn the Democratic nomination for president, with 22 pledged delegates after two states have cast their votes.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is second with 21 delegates, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is third with eight.


Iowa Republicans want to prevent teachers from discussing Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality without parental consent

Iowa woman tries to retract vote for Pete Buttigieg after learning he’s gay

Fox News host questions Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality: “Are we really sure he’s gay?”

Read more:

Allegheny County Council unexpectedly bans conversion therapy

Federal court dismisses lawsuit from evanglical professor disciplined for misgendering trans student

California Democrat introduces bill to end insurance discrimination against people with HIV

Please Support LGBTQ Journalism

As a free LGBTQ publication, Metro Weekly relies on advertising in order to bring you unique, high quality journalism, both online and in our weekly edition. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced many of our incredible advertisers to temporarily close their doors to protect staff and customers, and so we’re asking you, our readers, to help support Metro Weekly during this trying period. We appreciate anything you can do, and please keep reading us on the website and our new Digital Edition, released every Thursday and available for online reading or download.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

Leave a Comment:

Like What You're Reading?

Get Metro Weekly's Daily Email