Trump says he would vote for a gay president

David Caplan
February 13, 2020 - 3:52 pm

FILE - In this May 5, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg holds a town hall in North Charleston, South Carolina. Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is picking up his first endorsement among South Carolina’s black lawmakers as attention in the early voting contest turns toward more diverse states. Buttigieg‘s campaign announced Wednesday that the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor would be receiving backing from state Rep. JA Moore, a Democrat from Charleston. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump is called a lot of things -- often involving some aspect of being intolerant -- but he said Thursday he has no issues with Pete Buttigieg being gay, and that he thinks voters also wouldn't have issues with electing a gay commander-in-chief. 

Trump was asked in an interview with Geraldo Rivera on his podcast if he think's American voters will one day elect an LGBTQ candidate to the White House. 

“I think so," Trump said. "I think there would be some that wouldn't, and I wouldn't be among that group to be honest with you,” Trump said, acknowledging Buttigieg’s top-two finishes in the first two Democratic presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

“I think that, yes, I think that it doesn't seem to be hurting Pete Boot-edge-edge as you say, as you would call him,” he said, using the phonetic pronunciation that the former South Bend, Indiana mayor's campaign uses to help those who can't pronounce his surname. “It doesn't seem to be hurting him very much but ... there would be a group that probably wouldn't. But you or I wouldn't be in that group."

But Trump's acceptance isn't necessarily new: During an interview with Fox News earlier this year, Trump said it's a "sign of great progress" that Buttigieg was a top tier candidate for one of the two major political parties. 

But despite, Trump's words, the overall sentiment from LGBTQ community organizations is that Trump is not a friend of the LGBTQ candidate based on several moves by his administration.