“My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg said to cheers. “I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States.” Buttigieg cast his candidacy as a direct rebuttal to Trump’s campaign — including his slogan “Make America Great Again”. And highlighted his belief that the country needs both a generational change and an entirely different political figure to lead the country past Trump.
Buttigieg’s argument is that he, a gay, veteran mayor from the Midwest, is just that kind of different politician.
And he got in more than a few digs at President Donald Trump. He was telling the crowd that he was going to “tell a different story than ‘Make America Great Again.'”
“There is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back,” he said. “It comes from people who think the only way to reach communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia.”
“Selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as great as advertised to begin with.”
“The horror show in Washington is mesmerizing, all-consuming,” he added. “But starting today, we are going to change the channel. Sometimes a dark moment brings out the best in us, what is good in us, dare I say, what is great in us.”
First openly gay veteran nominee for Presidential election
If Buttigieg were to overcome the long odds and become the Democratic nominee for president, he would be the first openly gay nominee and the first veteran of the Afghanistan War, where he served a tour as a Naval Reserve officer. When he was elected mayor in 2011, he was still in the closet. Just before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Buttigieg came out in a column in the local newspaper.
“I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay,” Buttigieg wrote at the time. “It took years of struggle and growth for me to recognize that it’s just a fact of life, like having brown hair, and part of who I am.”
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