A rising star among the field of presidential hopefuls, Pete Buttigieg recently surged ahead as a presidential favorite behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in a poll in Iowa of Democratic contenders.
And as excitement grows around a nominee for president being an openly gay man, debates are emerging on whether Mayor Pete would be the first gay man in the White House, according to historians.
Responding to an article from The Washington Post that argues that James Buchanan was actually the first gay president, Buttigieg admitted that he has no gaydar (the ability to recognize homosexuals through observation or intuition, according to Merriam-Webster).
Buttigieg, whose husband is Chasten Buttigieg, admitted his lack of gaydar during a call with Buzzfeed’s AM2DM.
“The Washington Post recently wrote that you actually wouldn’t be the first gay president. That would be James Buchanan. This seems like the sort of thing that you would have a point of view on as a bit of nerd,” the hosts said.
"My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn't work over long stretches of time,” Buttigieg said. “I think we’ll just have to let the historians figure that out.”
Mayor @PeteButtigieg when asked about James Buchanan being the first gay president: "My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn't work over long stretches of time." pic.twitter.com/xx7pJRCjXT
— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) March 27, 2019
Buttigieg announced he was running for president in January and has since crossed several milestones. Earlier this month he reached the donor threshold to qualify to participate in nationally televised debates among the Democratic hopefuls.