In a cringe moment, Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave advice on coming out as gay to a nine-year-old child in Denver during a campaign stop on Saturday night. Does anyone think that a nine-year-old knows about sexuality?
Surely this prepubescent child did this on his own, without the prompting of his parents — we’re expected to believe that, anyways.
“Thank you for being so brave,” the child asked in a question, which was read by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Would you help me tell the world I’m gay, too? I want to be brave like you.”
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Buttigieg told the child, Zachary Ro, that it didn’t seem like he needed advice on bravery, since he said it in a room full of people.
LISTEN: Zachary Ro talked to a reporter about getting to meet Pete Buttigieg. The 9-year-old asked the former mayor of South Bend for advice on coming out as gay.
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“I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery, you seem pretty strong,” Buttigieg said. “It took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend that I was gay, let alone go out there and tell the world. And to see you willing to come to terms with you who you are in a room full of thousands of people you never met, that’s really something.”
The candidate continued on to say that “the second thing I want you to know is that you will never know who’s taking their lead from you, who’s watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver because you have been brave.”
The audience then broke out into a chant of “love is love,” according to a report from the Colorado Sun.
“It was exciting, and I felt really happy,” Zachary told the Sun after the rally. “I was glad I was able to tell everyone in the audience that I’m gay.”
The campaign claims that his question was picked from a bowl of them submitted by attendees at random.