Pete Buttigieg is at the center of far-right pundit’s ‘sodomite’ conspiracy

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Openly gay mayor Pete Buttigieg officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency only yesterday, and already conservatives are making homophobic attacks against him.

Buttigieg launched his campaign at a rally in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday, joining the over a dozen other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 election, saying, “This time it’s not just about winning an election, it’s about winning an era.”

If you want an idea of what that new era would be, Buttigieg called out “violent white nationalism” in his speech, and promised to take steps to help the hurting economies of post-industrial cities. He also thanked his husband, Chasten Glezman, for his support and spoke about how anti-gay discrimination is a violation of freedom, saying, “Take it from Chasten and me, you’re not free if a county clerk gets to tell you who you ought to marry because their idea of their political beliefs.”

While an era of LGBTQ equality sounds great for the majority of Americans, some conservatives are balking in horror at the idea of a gay man as president of the United States. In a strange, grammatically incorrect post titled, “Is the Sodomite ‘King Of Cocks’ Is Preparing the Way for the Woman of Sin?” for Shoebat.com, right-wing writer Andrew Bieszad rants about the etymology of Buttigieg’s last name and the “rise of sodomy.”

He claims that “Buttigieg” is Maltese in origin and means “father of chickens,” which, of course, to him translates to “king of cocks.” He also said Buttigieg’s candidacy will open the door for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who is lesbian, to run for president, while creepily commenting on her body and physical attractiveness, and implying that she receives political support because of male sexual fantasies. “Lesbianism – a form of sodomy condemned by Sacred Scripture – is the top sexual fantasy of American men and has been for decades,” writes Bieszad. “Her very lifestyle would seduce many a voter.”

While conservatives like Bieszad may be terrified for a future with total LGBTQ equality, they may just have to learn to live with the horror, as recent data shows 71% of Americans support LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation.

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Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.