Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday said he isn’t going to take “lectures on family values” from right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, who recently attacked the former South Bend, Ind., mayor’s sexuality.
“I love my husband. I’m faithful to my husband. Onstage we usually just go for a hug,” Buttigieg said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I love him very much. I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh,” he added.
“I love my husband. I’m faithful to my husband,” @petebuttigieg responds to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. “I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.” #CNNSOTUhttps://t.co/bOje6TVl1s pic.twitter.com/icNbNMetlw
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 16, 2020
Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism after he said the country won’t elect the former mayor because he’s “a gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages.”
“It’s a miscalculation as to where the country is at,” said GOP Senator Lindsey Graham in response to Limbaugh’s remarks. “I think the country is not going to disqualify somebody because of their sexual orientation.”
Ohio Senator Rob Portman said of Limbaugh, “He may disagree, as I do, with their policy positions, but the question is what their qualifications are, not other issues.” Portman announced his support for gay marriage in 2013 as he revealed that his son Will is gay.
“There may be reasons not to vote for Mayor Buttigieg, but that’s not one of them. This is a tolerant country,” Senator Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee, said in a statement.
Limbaugh has used his platform for decades to denigrate the lives of LGBTQ people and advance harmful anti-LGBTQ policies.
In 1989, the radio host said that the best way to stop AIDS was “do not ask another man to bend over and make love at the exit point. That’s what you don’t do.”
In 2010, he claimed marriage equality activists “seek to impose their perverted views, their depraved views on family and marriage. Marriage is a union of a man and a woman… This is about destroying an institution.”
In 2014 he told listeners that straight people were the real marginalized group: “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the two to five percent that are homosexual.”
He has also claimed that there was a “movement on to normalize pedophilia” that was related to the movement for marriage equality.
Limbaugh recently attacked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, suggesting people living with autism are “not well” and claiming Democrats “go out and they find disabled people.”
In July he described Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former President Barack Obama as not being truly black and has repeatedly peddled the racist Obama birther conspiracy.