Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has responded to President Donald Trump‘s comment earlier this week about being ‘absolutely fine’ with the mayor’s gay marriage.
‘Even though they’re paying lip service to the idea of – like the president was asked about my marriage, so he could have the opportunity to say he’s fine with it,’ Buttigieg said.
‘That’s nice,’ he added sarcastically.
Buttigieg was speaking on Friday evening while on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa at a discussion about his book, Shortest Way Home, which he released earlier this year.
But it was his comments on the Trump administration’s record on LGBT rights that sparked the most interest.
Trump tells Fox News Channel’s ‘The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton’ in an interview airing Sunday that ‘I think it’s absolutely fine’ that Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, are open about their relationship on the campaign trail.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been married to Chasten since June 2018.
The two appeared on stage together at the Human Rights Campaign’s 14th annual Gala in Las Vegas last weekend, where they shared a kiss in front of the audience after Buttigieg delivered the event’s keynote speech.
Trump agreed with Hilton that Buttigieg’s candidacy is a sign of progress for the country.
He says, ‘I think it’s absolutely fine, I do,’ Trump responded. ‘I think it’s great. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with; I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good.’