Buttigieg says it was a ‘leap of faith’ out of the closet before his re-election

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South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday and talked about how it was a “leap of faith” for him, out of the closet prior to his re-election in 2014.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who tells Buttigieg, she said her coming out as a lesbian in college, that it is “killed”, they waited until 33-year-old as he, and asked him if he waited so long was difficult.

“It was hard. It was really hard,” Buttigieg said.

“Coming out was hard, but in the closet is harder,” Maddow replied.


The 37-year-old presidential candidate, said that he is “a lot of time for me.”

Buttigieg, said that he thought that to serve in the military and the “elected officials in Indiana,” were “totally incompatible” with his sexuality. It was not up to his 2014 the mission in Afghanistan, when he realized that he had to “do something”.


The former Navy intelligence officer told Maddow that “most people” were either supportive and enthusiastic, or do not let him know that you care, which he called “historic.” Buttigieg ended up winning 80% of the votes in his re-election, which was a wider margin of victory than his first election, before he came.

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