KEY POINTS

  • Trump replies, “I wouldn’t be among that group, to be honest with you" when asked if he wouldn't vote for a gay man
  • Limbaugh says Trump told him to "Never apologize. Don't ever apologize" for attacking Buttigieg's sexuality
  • "I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh," says Buttigieg

Rush Limbaugh is being told by president Donald Trump not to apologize for his anti-gay remarks directed against Democratic Party presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week.

The unabashedly Republican and right-wing Limbaugh has a long history of homophobia. His latest salvo against the LGBTQ was fired last week when he said America is not ready to have a homosexual president. Limbaugh was also a staunch opponent of former president Barack Obama, an African-American.

"America’s still not ready to elect a ‘gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage’ president," declared Limbaugh referring to Buttigieg.

Limbaugh went on to claim some Democratic voters might decide they should “get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down Trump’s throat and beat him in the general election. Really? Having fun envisioning that.”

Oddly, Trump later repudiated Limbaugh's remarks when asked about it, apparently out of fear of further alienating the LGBTQ community and its voters that are overwhelmingly against him. In a podcast, Trump said that although some Americans wouldn’t vote for a gay president, “I wouldn’t be among that group, to be honest with you.”

Despite Trump's denunciation, Limbaugh on Monday claimed Trump told him to “never apologize” for his comments about Buttigieg’s sexuality. He alleges Trump called him to talk about his remarks.

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

“I had no idea this thing had even bubbled up,” Limbaugh said. “You know, I’m up doing the medical thing that I have to do here, and I wasn’t even aware of this."

Limbaugh was referring to his advanced lung cancer.

Buttigieg responded to Limbaugh's homophobic rant, saying he's “not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as political leader of the United States."

“I love my husband,” he said, of Chasten Buttigieg, who he married in 2018. “I’m faithful to my husband. Onstage we usually just go for the hug. But I love him very much and I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.”