America was not ready for Pete Buttigieg to be president

Sofia RositaniReporter

Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race on Monday. His announcement came as a surprise, as Buttigieg had become a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community, as a veteran and open Christian.

Personally, I did like Buttigieg and thought he was a great candidate; he was very open about himself and it made him feel more human. Because of his struggles he was more likable, as many people in American can relate to this.

Southern’s campus is full of members of the LGBTQ+ and as students over the age of 18, they can vote, and I have a feeling they would have voted for him. On the LGBTQ+ community Democratic side, 60 percent were going to vote for Buttigieg, while 40 percent were not.

Though Buttigieg would have been a great president, he would have faced a lot of backlash from people who are homophobic. It is sad that this still has to be talked about today, but it is true. People just would not be able to handle the fact that we would have a gay president, and instead of a first lady, we would have a first man. He could have great ideas and yet his sexual orientation is what would cause him to not win.

I am neither democrat nor republican. I just do not believe in one side or the other. Both parties have great ideas, but both parties also have ideas that are just not that great. But I will admit when I first heard about Buttigieg, I knew immediately that this guy is great and should be president. From day one in the race, he was the only candidate who I really cared about and agreed with. I would have happily checked his name off in the ballot for presidency.

Buttigieg is a Christian, which is not common in the LGBTQ+ community, according to Gallop Daily News. A study from 2014 showed that 47 percent of those in the LGBTQ+ are not religious while 29 percent are moderately, and 24 percent highly religious. Buttigieg says he is proud to be a part of the Episcopal church and proud to have been married in that church.

Buttigieg is a veteran. He fought for this country. People, and by people I mean Trump, are not fans of someone who is LGBTQ+. I mean, look at the transgender ban. This ban was eliminated in 2016 only for it to come back once Trump became president. If Buttigieg did win, Trump probably would have not gone to the inauguration. This may sound like I am bashing him but let’s face the facts that Trump is homophobic and transphobic.

What happens now that he is out of the race. Well Buttigieg announced that he will be endorsing Biden, which I was very shocked about, but he may also be able to become vice president if he is picked by Biden.

Unlike many other candidates Buttigieg is not very old fashioned. He is kind of like that cool uncle that even friends want to hang out with. if he did become president at least we know he would not die after an hour of being president — no shade to Sanders though.

Buttigieg also seems like a very happy and nice guy who wants to make this country better, while the rest just fight about Trump like little kids. Buttigieg should have stayed in the race. But I understand that this country just was not ready for him yet. But if or when he runs again, he will definitely get my vote.

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