KEY POINTS

  • Pete Buttigieg says Trump and Limbaugh should be the last persons to talk about family values
  • He said he's never cheated on his partner, unlike Trump
  • He also said he's only had one partner, unlike Limbaugh

Former mayor Pete Buttigieg Tuesday blasted both Rush Limbaugh and president Donald Trump -- the former for being blatantly anti-gay; the latter for pretending to be pro-gay.

He went after Trump for his infidelity and for pretending to support the LGBTQ community despite his clear history of homophobia. Trump has been involved in extramarital affairs, the most public of which involved porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Trump earlier told Limbaugh never to apologize for his insulting comments about Buttigieg's sexuality. This show of support ticked-off Buttigieg.

"I'm sorry, but one thing about my marriage is, it's never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse with him or her," said Buttigieg to applause from the audience at a CNN town hall meeting.

Trump seemed to repudiate Limbaugh's remarks when asked about it. He said although some Americans wouldn’t vote for a gay president, “I wouldn’t be among that group, to be honest with you.”

Buttigieg brushed aside this uncharacteristic remark as mere showmanship. Asked if he believes Trump believes what he said, Buttigieg replied, "Not if he's sending out his supporters to talk in this way," referring to Limbaugh.

Former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, pictured at a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, is expecting a strong bounce in New Hampshire Former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, pictured at a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, is expecting a strong bounce in New Hampshire Photo: AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Buttigieg again tore into the right-wing show host with a history of homophobia, saying Limbaugh shouldn't be lecturing anyone about family values. Limbaugh has been divorced thrice and married four times, which seems at odds with the Christian family values Limbaugh espouses. Buttigieg, who married his husband, Chasten, on June 16, 2018 has always said he's remained faithful to him.

"So, they want to debate family values?" asked Buttigieg. "Let's debate family values. I'm ready."

He dismissed Limbaugh's assertion that kissing a man makes him unfit to serve as U.S. president. Last week on his radio show, Limbaugh said America's not ready to have a homosexual president.

"America’s still not ready to elect a ‘gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage’ president," declared Limbaugh referring to Buttigieg. Limbaugh later claimed Trump told him to “never apologize” for his comments about Buttigieg’s sexuality.

"Hell, the president even called me about this!" said Limbaugh. "He said, 'Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize. Don't ever apologize."

To these allegations, Buttigieg asked: "The idea of the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump lecturing anybody on family values?"