Openly gay candidate Pete Buttigieg ends Presidential campaign
The first openly gay man to run for President of the United States has quit the 2020 race.
The former mayor of South Bend Indiana made the announcement and called for Democrats to unite in their fight to beat Donald Trump in the November election.
After strong results in initial primaries including winning the Iowa caucuses he was unable to make progress in Nevada and South Carolina, the first two states with influential minority voters.
Ending his run on Sunday night, Buttigieg said:
“Today is a moment of truth ... the truth is that the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause.”
“We must recognize that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and country together.”
“Our goal has always been to unify Americans to help defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values.”
A Buttigieg campaign official added: “Pete was willing to go where no other candidates were – and when he held a Fox News town hall and got a standing ovation, people realised that Pete’s message of moving past our divided politics was truly possible.”
Political commentators reacting to the news including David Axelrod said due to his age the "Pete Buttigieg story is just beginning", pointing out that Buttigieg has "vaulted" himself into the national conversation.
In a statement Sarah Kate Ellis, president and chief executive of Glaad said: "Buttigieg showed the world that Americans are ready to accept and embrace qualified LGBTQ public leaders.”
Analysis from Sam Wise (Being LGBTQ):
The historic nature of Pete's campaign can't be understated, an openly gay man, happily married running for U.S. President.
Despite homophobia from the far right and a sad minority of other individuals including some in the Democratic party, the majority saw Buttigieg for his talents, seeing his sexuality merely as a part of his identity.
In recent days Pete remarked at a CNN Town Hall that he was running to be President of the entire United States not running to be the "gay President of the United States".
The way he has been up there with his husband Chasten on the national stage running for the highest job in the land has been an inspiration especially to LGBTQ youth who know that they too can run for President regardless of sexuality and/or gender identity.
This is not the last we have seen of Pete Buttigieg and I think one day we could see him in the Oval Office.