As if the Iowa Caucuses weren't chaotic enough, one caucus goer was stunned to learn that former South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 presidential contender, Pete Buttigieg, is gay.
Unlike the vast majority of Democrats, the woman wanted to withdraw her paper vote for Mayor Pete because she didn't believe a gay person could belong in the White House.
Watch the bizarre video below.
Good God. So ignorant and homophobic. Caucus voter finds out Buttigieg is gay, wants to withdraw her vote for him… https://t.co/UtQYKpfVkx— Siamak Kordestani (@Siamak Kordestani) 1580832940.0
Buttigieg came out as gay in 2015. He's spoken of his sexuality often and frequently appears at campaign events with his husband, Chasten. While Buttigieg's sexuality isn't the focus of his campaign, it's far from a secret.
Nevertheless, it was news to the caucus goer, who said:
"Are you saying he has a same sex partner?...Are you kidding?...Well I don't want anybody like that in the White House. So can I have my card back?"
Despite a stunned Buttigieg campaign worker's best efforts to reason with the woman, she still said her support for Mayor Pete went "down the toilet." She continued to cite the Bible as her reason for withdrawing support.
People were astonished at the exchange.
This woman’s vote counts just the same as your or mine even if she’s an uninformed bigot. So that’s nice. https://t.co/hryGrISa2a— Chris J. Nelson (@Chris J. Nelson) 1580844994.0
Imagine, on February 3, 2020, while caucusing, learning that Pete Buttigieg is gay for the first time 😑 #IowaCaucas https://t.co/Fq45HqGUBh— Coco (@Coco) 1580844937.0
I'm so grateful to have grown up with educated parents and lived in Chicago, NY and CA around cultured, educated, c… https://t.co/pokGSaVnxj— Nancy Lee Grahn (@Nancy Lee Grahn) 1580844482.0
Just wait until this woman finds out Bernie Sanders is Jewish and Elizabeth Warren is a woman. https://t.co/pLF5zCoINr— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1580844576.0
This is a woefully malinformed/underinformed voter. Buttigieg has been pretty upfront about his orientation. You wo… https://t.co/NtEZaTjpGc— TK-S Is Here (@TK-S Is Here) 1580844486.0
If y’all wanted to see how much some people actually research the candidates they support then here’s a cute little… https://t.co/NbXp44VvuX— JOHNNY SIBILLY (@JOHNNY SIBILLY) 1580842781.0
Some praised the patience of the organizer for remaining calm.
Everything else (waves broadly) aside, the discipline of this organizer is impressive. She put in incredible work t… https://t.co/TQcjFGUMEa— Jessica Shortall 🧂 (@Jessica Shortall 🧂) 1580842374.0
The patience of this Mayor Pete staffer... https://t.co/agXBHKD3dA— Sopan Deb (@Sopan Deb) 1580843972.0
Props to the Buttigieg manager for handling this so well. The fact that some people will change their vote based on… https://t.co/bmPxfS362T— jordan 🌎 (@jordan 🌎) 1580844853.0
This homophobic woman is generating headlines. But the Buttigieg supporter eloquently and respectfully responding… https://t.co/ekLTab3qBl— Mike Carter-Conneen (@Mike Carter-Conneen) 1580844988.0
The exchange was a reminder that while the Democratic platform is dedicated to expanding the rights of LGBTQ voters, homophobia within the party still exists.
You can buy Buttigieg's book, Shortest Way Home, here.