President Donald Trump recently made headlines by asserting that he thinks “it’s absolutely fine” for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to appear on the campaign trail with his husband.
For the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, however, the fact that such a statement would make news is a sad testament to the current state of American politics.
He recently said that “the expectations are so low” in regard to Trump that he made news simply “by saying something that wasn’t viciously insulting.”
Buttigieg has previously criticized Vice President Mike Pence for his record on LGBTQ issues dating back to his time as Indiana’s governor.
As for the president’s blessing, he was less than enthused.
“That’s nice,” he said. “I’m more interested in policies that affect LGBTQ people.”
Buttigieg expanded on the theme in comments this weekend, saying that what a politician “says in an interview” is not necessarily reflected that person’s policies.
“So much attention is given to whatever remarkably outrageous and vicious and insulting thing that the president said,” Buttigieg remarked.
He went on to call it a “shame” that the president would likely not support protections included in the Equality Act.