Twitter User Gets Totally Dragged for Questioning Pete Buttigieg’s Queerness

"Mayor Pete may be gay, but he sure as hell ain’t queer."

For today’s daily dose of Twitter tomfoolery, consider this piping-hot take from law student Ryan Wheeler: “Mayor Pete may be gay but he sure as hell ain’t queer.”

The “Mayor Pete” Wheeler’s referring to is none other than openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, who made headlines nationwide after launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run earlier this year.

Since he announced his plans to run for president, Buttigieg has already made huge strides, securing donations from enough individual campaign donors to earn a spot at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) first 2020 presidential debate.

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He’s also gaining in popularity in recent Iowa polls, trailing behind prominent Democrats like Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

LGBTQ Twitter users came out of the woodwork to question the controversial opinion, including Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, who engaged with Wheeler at length:

Others joined the conversation to point out that “queerness” isn’t exactly something one can measure or police—and a candidate like Buttigieg might be the best shot the LGBTQ community has at getting a queer person into the Oval Office.

Others still were far more blunt with their responses:

This Twitter user isn’t the first person to scrutinize Buttigieg’s sexuality, either. Late last month, a Slate writer sparked an outcry on social media after she questioned whether Buttigieg being gay even constituted “diversity” because of he’s also a white, cisgender man from a privileged background.

What we really want to know, though, is this: Has he tuned into RuPaul’s Drag Race yet?

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