The Republican party’s attempt to celebrate Pride majorly backfired after Chasten Buttigieg reminded everyone exactly where the GOP stands on LGBT+ rights.
Pete Buttigieg’s husband stepped in on Wednesday (2 June) when GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tried to wish everyone a happy Pride while her party orchestrates a nationwide attack on LGBT+ rights.
“Happy Pride Month!” McDaniel tweeted. “The GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.”
McDaniel’s party still officially opposes same-sex marriage, endorses conversion therapy, supports efforts to legalise anti-LGBT+ discrimination, and has launched more transphobic bills in 2021 than any other year in history.
Her staggering tweet begged the question of whether she herself is living under a rock or simply assumes everyone else is.
Either way, Chasten Buttigieg was having none of it.
“Those with ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the home and onto the street. I’ve met with those kids. Forty per cent of homeless youth in this country are LGBTQ,” he tweeted back.
“Revisit your party’s platform before you open your mouth about Pride.”
As Chasten’s rebuttal quickly spread online, it was clear McDaniel wasn’t fooling anyone.
Delaware state senator Sarah McBride sarcastically asked: “Aren’t they supposed to be the ‘wOrDs HaVe MeAnInG’ party?”