Is anyone more obsessed with gay sex than conservatives?
Right-wing bigot Rush Limbaugh fulfilled the stereotype this week when he suggested presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg would be unelectable for kissing his husband in public.
Even if you give him the benefit of the doubt — which he doesn’t deserve — Limbaugh was saying Democrats would worry about nominating a gay candidate out of fear of the country’s bigotry. But he also laughed at the possibility of Donald Trump making fun of Buttigieg for it. Because showing affection for your same-sex husband — instead of your third or fourth wife — is just a travesty.
A gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see Trump have fun with that?
They’re looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. 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? And 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. They have to be saying this, don’t they? Now, there may be some Democrats who think that is the ticket. There may be some Democrats who think that’s exactly what we need to do, Rush. Get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat, and beat him in the general election. Really. Having fun envisioning that.
First of all, we’re talking about chaste pecks, not full-on making out or even an Al Gore-style smooch. But it’s quite telling that, rather than engaging with Buttigieg’s policies, Limbaugh thinks people would be disgusted by his sexual orientation. (He’s not making Trump look any better by saying he would mock Buttigieg for sport over his marriage.)
For what it’s worth, Gallup just found that 89% of Democrats would have no problem with a hypothetical gay presidential candidate. If Buttigieg is the nominee, that number would undoubtedly get even higher.
Buttigieg’s sexual orientation is arguably the most unimportant, irrelevant character trait when it comes to being president. If Limbaugh actually cared about sexual history, he would have plenty to criticize in the current White House. But Limbaugh isn’t interested in logic or reason. He just wants to offer red meat to a hungry right-wing base.
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