'Thank you for being so brave,' a 9-year-old boy wrote in a question submitted during a rally for Pete Buttigieg, 'Would you help me tell the world I'm gay, too? I want to be brave like you.' Here's how the 2020 candidate responded.
CNN News, delivered. Select from our newsletters below and enter your email to subscribe.Denver, Colorado (CNN)Pete Buttigieg shared an emotional moment with a young supporter in Denver on Saturday night. "Thank you for being so brave," the boy, later identified as 9-year-old Zachary Ro, wrote in a question submitted via fishbowl during the presidential hopeful's Saturday rally,"Would you help me tell the world I'm gay, too? I want to be brave like you."Zachary, who attended the rally with his parents, joined the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on stage. He presented Buttigieg with a bracelet, which the Democratic hopeful put on."I don't think you need a lot of advice for me on bravery. You seem pretty strong to me," Buttigieg, who is gay, told Zachary."It took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend that I was gay, let alone to go out there and tell the world and to see you willing to come to terms with who you are in a room full of 1,000 people, thousands of people you've never met that's, that's really something."Buttigieg took the opportunity to tell Zachary,"a couple things that might be useful."Read More"The first thing is that it won't always be easy, but that's okay, because you know who you are. And that's really important, because when you know who you are, you have a center of gravity that can hold you together when all kinds of chaos is happening around you," he said.Buttigieg also told Zachary to be mindful of"who's taking their lead from you, who's watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver because you have been brave.""When I was trying to figure out who I was, I was afraid that who I was might mean that I could never make a difference. And what wound up happening instead is that it's a huge part of the difference I get to make. I never could have seen that coming, and you'll never know whose life you might be affecting right now, just by standing here. There's a lot of power in that," the former mayor added.Buttigieg responded last Sunday to Rush Limbaugh's recent homophobic remarks, saying he doesn't take"lectures on family values" from the conservative radio host and Medal of Freedom recipient."Well, I love my husband. I'm faithful to my husband. On stage we usually just go for a hug. But I love him very much, and I'm not going take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh," Buttigieg told CNN's Dana Bash on"State of the Union" at the time.Limbaugh, a longtime radio host who is known for his incendiary comments on minorities, recently drew bipartisan criticism for remarks made on his show where he specifically mentioned Buttigieg kissing his husband on the debate stage and questioned how it would play out with American voters should Buttigieg become his party's nominee and face-off against President Donald Trump in November.In a Gallup poll released earlier this month, more than 3 in 4 Americans (78%) said they would be willing to vote for a gay or lesbian person if they were a party's"Well-Qualified" candidate for president.At the Denver event, Buttigieg and Zachary were then joined onstage by his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, who walked the young supporter back to his parents after presenting him with a campaign"challenge coin" featuring the campaign's"rules of a road," or code of conduct the campaign asks staff and supporters to abide by. "I think you've already got it together, so I'm excited to see what you're going to do as a leader," Buttigieg told Zachary."Just promise me you won't run for president until after I'm done because I think you might be strong competition." Read more: CNN
So if he is president do we start encouraging ALL the little kids to start thinking about their sexual preferences too? At what point do we act like decent human beings and tell children that they are too young to know about that kind of thing at that age? That is not being brave. That is having nasty values, and the spreading of aids.
Was this politically staged?🤔 How can a 9-year-old possibly know whether or not they are gay? He is merely ONE reason why Trump2020 BUTTigig has lost soon he will be gone with the wind😂😂😅😜😜😜😜 This gay sh!t is getting ridiculous 9
9-year-old asks Pete Buttigieg for help telling 'the world I'm gay, too'Zachary Ro joined Buttigieg, who has become the first openly gay candidate to run for president, on stage after his question was read out at the rally in Denver. This is some orchestrated bullshit A 9 year old confessing his sexuality to the world is totally normal Cringe.
For the love of god: he knows at 9 or 90. Didn’t you?! Identity politics A 9 year old boy does not know that he is gay. OMG Why do we need to hear about fake PR from the zuckerberg puppet? enough Ohh God... Such fake s**t... Who is disguising as a little boy? Please leave the underaged out of this! Wtf! This is just sick!! 9 years old and he thinks he's gay? I have no problem with LGBTQ people but this boy is just a little kid and this is not okay! Ffs he's 9!!! What is the world coming to for this to be the new normal... Please protect the kid for his own sake.
🚮 🤮 Being gay and able to come out doesn't qualify you for a Presidency. His bread fixing and insurance profiteering are scary sign thst
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This doesn’t sound right..this looks fake...a 9yr old knows he’s gay already😳🤦♀️🤦♀️... Why does he needs to tell the world? Proudly GAY:totally stupid so obviously staged.... 9 years old ? Now a 9 year old brave because he thinks he's gay ... When you take fighting to eat and survive out of the table, complete idiocy becomes the predominant train of thought.
MSNBC ABC A 9 year old?! WTF! At 9 you shouldnt be thinking about having a sex life kid,wtf is wrong with this country?! Ridiculous! Thanks a lot liberals, you have gay sexualized our youth. All these idiots commenting about no one that young knows. When did you know you were straight? A 9 year old knows he’s gay! Really? Shame on society!
Pete Buttigieg Working to 'Elevate' Diverse Voices Amid Lack of Support From Minority Voters'I think the next best thing is to show up, to listen, to learn and to elevate those voices,' the Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor said on Friday's 'Ellen' after acknowledging that he will never have the same experiences as black men and women.
Lost Kid. What a Tragedy Sex. Abuse really. Pushing sex onto younger and younger children. Sick!!!!! The lefty feel good staged story of the day. This is why we need Pete! ❤️ Pretty sure a 9 year old hasn’t hit puberty to even have such feelings. And this is the problem with pushing this crap on people. Swaying pre-puberty children's sexual orientation to queer is pure pedophilia. This child has a great awakening coming in the next few years, which 98% of kids navigate by nature's method.
Oh FFS... Stop Already..!!! If any 9 year-old already thinks he/she can't get enough dong, I'd investigate the parents. Wow is sad to see all this homophobic people... I’m sure will be DIFFERENT IF WAS AN HETEROSEXUAL BOY HAVING A CRUSH IN A GIRL... guys we are in 20/20 where we need to be open minded...
CNN thought this was important enough to retweet so same reply, I’m impressed that a 9 yo decided one day .... I think I’ll write a question to a presidential candidate telling him how brave I think he is and ask the candidate for advice about how to tell the world he’s gay too.
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When I was 9, I was riding my bike, playing with friends. Sexuality never crossed my mind. Kids are being conditioned and rewarded for “being” gay. Liberals love to use children as political puppets. Shameful. I didn't appreciate Buttigieg exploiting a child to normalize his own sexual behavior as an adult.
9-year olds. HE IS NINE!! 🙄 Pete, I’m reminded that Medicare for all has been tried and failed!! What about the VA? Not military but government run that has crashed and burned! So many Vets have been denied GOOD health care if ANY! Either CNN, the kid or the parents, who is sick Why is telling the world you are gay equates to bravery ? Your sexuality should be your own and regardless of whom you love , it should be between you and the person you love . Braves are the soldiers fighting all over the world without questioning why they are in 12th century!
That was a slam dunk question. If he’d answer any other way he’d be destroyed in the press. But, it was a great chance for him to show his humanity. Also, that boy is brave and I wish him the best. This is an awkward subject for anyone. Should be interesting to see how situations like these work out for all candidates. P.S. Trump probably would have had the kid escorted out
Pete Buttigieg: Bloomberg not what Dems believe in, opposed Obama and increases to minimum wage'Mike Bloomberg is politically nothing like Donald Trump, but he's also not like what most Democrats believe in,' Pete Buttigieg says. 'Somebody who opposed Barack Obama, somebody who opposed increases to the minimum wage.' Right. Why didn’t Republican Bloomberg run as a Republican? For that matter, why didn’t Independent Socialist Bernie Sanders run as an Independent Socialist? Ernest high school student vomits word salad
9 year old? As someone who knew they were bisexual At 11, this makes my heart happy I bet Pete Buttplug, andersoncooper and donlemon got wood over this little fakeNews story. PeteButtigieg You are so awesome ♥️ Italians4Pete This is Gay these comments It. Was. Staged. And. It. Was. Awkward. As. F. sharoncrowstar Beautiful
The mere fact that this article is worthy of such debate tells us how far society has to go towards achieving kindness and acceptance. It shouldn’t be an issue - it’s a child interacting with a candidate. What is the big deal for others?
Pete Buttigieg: Rush Limbaugh Has 'A Different Idea Of What Makes A Man Than I Do'The Democratic presidential candidate opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about homophobia and his struggle to appeal to minority voters.
A nine year old? BS! He hasn't even found his pee pee yet 9yrs old? I guarentee, guarentee, absolutely his parents put him up to this! I suspect some parents are some how involved in politicizing this child's sexuality. He’s 9? What does a 9 year old know about being gay? They are not sexually mature at that time to know what sex they prefer. But what do I know, I was 9 a long time ago.
BoSnerdley programmed precociousness .......😐😒 I would suggest PeteButtigieg doesn’t run with this story. Contrary to what he might think, not a chance this will play in his favor. But let’s see how this plays out!! Hey how about the WEINSTEIN CASE? I don't feel the 'JIHAD' or 'Crucifixion of Christ' energy like Bill Cosby. Where are THE FEMINUTS charging after their oppressor? This is the'NOOZ'....
When a 9 year old knows about sex and sexuality there is something seriously wrong with society and the enablers of such debauchery. Here we go. What Trump will do with that. Vote for Sanders or Warren for honesty and change. Isn't this child abuse? Set-up for sure. We aren’t stupid. Quit using kids. It sickens me how many people seem to think that being gay is only about gay sex. Do ya'll not know about crushes? Lmao
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣only cnn A 9 y/o doesn't know gayness if he sees it in front of him! Oh for Christ's sake 🤦♀️
Completely out of the blue, a woke, gay 9 year old asked me.... This is going right into the Shit That Didnt Happen file. This is disturbing, my 9 year old thinks he’s a helicopter And who cares about this? Why is this even an issue? Why is this even news? Pete has a 9 year old on his campaign? I suspect a 30 something staff member wrote this. This guy is even more shameless than LiarBeth Warren.
realJasonHuang I was gay when I was 5 Buttigieg is a Mediterranean Queen, being gay is like a right of passage there. How does a 9yr old know they are gay? He is a child! Angela Davis : ' I support the replacement of political 'leaders' (mayor, deputy, senator..) by renewed assemblies made up of American citizens elected by lot for 1 month, giving right to compensatory allowances ($130 / day), accommodation & training to take up their duties. '
This gay stuff is getting out of hand. Got a lot of love for the gay community but God damn 9 years olds brains aren't even developed and yet they're saying stuff like that. People really need to stop pushing gay agenda everywhere. Especially on kids.
Pete is an inspiration! I can’t wait until he gets back into local gov’t and can continue to help people in his community! As a gay man.. reading this 😒😒😒😒😒😒 This is my response. Dear media: 'Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen! ' Why did you publish a minor's name?
The fact that there is a stigma around being different in any is disgusting. Celebrate the differences. The 'progressive' (leftist) utopia: LGBT paradise where everyone has sex but, of course, few have children. To avoid calamity through depopulation, mass migration from (sounds familiar?) begins, specially from poor, Muslim-majority countries. But Muslims+LGBT=disaster. The End.
Oh my Lord! 9 years old? Really? Children choosing their sexuality at that age? This was not on my radar at 9 years old🙄 Sad. Immoral. Ungodly. You people are sick.
Sureeeeee! Ill tell the media about this so EVERYONE knows youre gay and i get to benefit off 'helping' you. Authenticity is invaluable. 9 yr old? Sick Where does a 9 year old get this kind of bs from? Could it be fake news?! Could it be parents with an agenda? Could it be CNN with an agenda? I remember in the 80’s preachers saying there would come a time when you couldn’t speak against sexual perversion. Folks, it’s now!!
?, , ?. You people mannnn Sick Mayor Pete's whole platform is being gay, let's see how far that takes him 😑 - world