Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country would not elect Pete Batigge as presidentOn the stage after the debate.
Limborg’s remarks came eight days after President Trump was given the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Best., During the state address. Mr Trump said Limbaugh inspires millions daily and thanked him for his “decades of tireless devotion to our country”.
Trump’s aide, Limbaugh, who recently announced he had lung cancer, made the remark in his nationally syndicated radio show. Buttig finished in the top two in Democrats’ first two presidential claims in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“They are saying, ‘Well, how is it looking?” “Imagine Democrats Thinking,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “Thirty-seven-year-old gay man kisses her husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.”
Buttigieg did not directly address Limbaugh’s comments. But at a town hall in Las Vegas on Thursday night, he said, “I am proud of my marriage and proud of my husband.”
Limborg’s remarks were the latest trend in a career in which he has won an audience among millions of conservative listeners, but drew condemnation from others for comments considered racist, sexist and offensive.
Batigiag, 38, is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and has been married to her husband Chastain since 2018. Batigiag was a US Navy intelligence officer in Afghanistan, a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University. England.
Limbaugh said she imagined the Democrat closing that, “despite all the great wokeness and despite all the great ground that has been covered, that America’s still unwilling debate stage president elects to kiss her husband on a gay man.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Battig for the Democratic presidential nomination, killed Limbaugh on ABC’s “The View”.
“I mean, my lord,” said Biden, who called it “part of the seriousness of this administration.” He said, “Pete and I are competitive, but this man is respected, he has courage, he is smart as hell.”
Asked by Mr. Trump if Americans would vote for a gay man to become president, he replied, “I think so.”
Still, Mr. Trump, who was speaking with Geraldo Rivera on Cleveland’s NewsRadio WTAM, said: “I think there will be something I wouldn’t be in that group, to be honest with you.”
Some Capitol Hill Republicans said they disagreed with Limborg’s remarks, while others condemned them.
“I’m just giving up everything that she said she didn’t hear,” said conservative Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee. Senator Jonny Ernst of Iowa, who is facing a decline this fall, also declined to comment.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a strong supporter of Trump, said in response to Limborg’s comment, “It’s a miscarriage of where the country is.” “I think the country is not going to disqualify anyone because of their sexual orientation.”
Asked if Limba should be retained The presidential medal, which Trump gave last week Graham said during his state address, “Well, my lord. Free speech still exists.”
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said, “He may disagree, as I do, with his policy positions, but the question is what his qualifications are, not other issues.” Portman announced his support for gay marriage in 2013 as he revealed that his son Will is gay.
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a liberal who is retiring in January, initially said he was not familiar with Limburg’s comments and declined to comment. His spokesman later emailed an Alexander’s statement stating: “There may be reasons for not voting Mayor Batigiag, but this is not one of them. It is a tolerant country.”
The Batgig campaign spokesman declined to comment.
But the candidate has previously addressed criticism over his sexuality. During a 2019 Des Moines, Iowa, rally, an audience member asked what he should tell his friends who say America is not ready for a gay president. Batigiag replied, “Tell your friends I said ‘hi.”
The former mayor has also exposed his sexuality from a religious point of view.
“If I loved being gay, it was an option that was far above my salary grade,” Battig said. “If you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
According to government websites, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is for “particularly commendable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other important public or private efforts.”
Previous award recipients include Mother Teresa, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Under Mr. Trump, the award has been given to golfer Tiger Woods, supply side economists Arthur Luffer and Edwin Mees III, who were top aides to President Ronald Reagan.
The 69-year-old Limbaugh also said that some Democrats believed they might “get a gay guy kissing her husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat and beat him in the general election. Really? Fun envisioning” Having that. “