The husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, criticized the leader of the Republican National Committee over the GOP’s platform and LGBTQ rights.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel began a tweet Wednesday with “Happy #PrideMonth.”
“@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs,” she continued.
Buttigieg responded to the tweet calling out the Republican party’s platform as well as McDaniel’s comment on religious views.
“Those with ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the home and onto the street. I've met with those kids. Forty percent of homeless youth in this country are LGBTQ,” he wrote. “Re-visit your party's platform before you open your mouth about #pride.”
Others on Twitter also condemned McDaniel’s tweet given the history of the GOP’s push against LGBTQ+ rights. During the Trump administration, trans people were banned from serving in the military, amicus briefs were filed supporting workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, Obama-era anti-discrimination policies were repealed, and more.
Chasten Buttigieg, a teacher, is married to the first openly LGBTQ+ member of the president’s cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate. He became a popular figure on his Pete Buttigieg’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2020 due to his dsocial media commentary and relaxed media appearances.