Chasten Buttigieg Posts Photo Kissing Husband on Day Rush Limbaugh Dies

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday February 20, 2021
Originally published on February 18, 2021

Chasten (left) and Pete Buttigieg at a May 9, 2019 campaign event
Chasten (left) and Pete Buttigieg at a May 9, 2019 campaign event  (Source:AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Chasten Buttigieg posted a photo to Twitter of he and his husband, current US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, kissing, the timing of which appears to be in reference to the death of conservative talking-head Rush Limbaugh, The Independent reports.

During the Presidential primaries, Limbaugh, who died yesterday at age 70 from lung cancer, specifically pointed out Pete as the sole openly gay candidate and said the U.S. wasn't ready for a gay President. Limbaugh said, "Okay, how's this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What's going to happen there?' They've got to be saying that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that's been covered, America's still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president."

Afterward, of course, Pete responded, "Well, I love my husband. I'm faithful to my husband. Onstage, we usually just go for a hug, but I love him very much. And I'm not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh." Limbaugh was married four times, thrice divorced.

Not only that, but Donald Trump — Limbaugh's masc-for-masc "Mr. Man" — distanced himself from the conservative shock jock's comments and said he believed the U.S. was ready for a gay President. As did GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, whose on sexual orientation has been a matter of speculation. Graham said of Limbaugh's comments, "It's a miscalculation as to where the country is at. I think the country is not going to disqualify somebody because of their sexual orientation."

During the span of his career, Limbaugh's opinions about everything and everyone appear to have been rooted purely in divisiveness. As the New York Times noted, Limbaugh "became a singular figure in the American media, fomenting mistrust, grievances and even hatred on the right for Americans who did not share their views, and he pushed baseless claims and toxic rumors long before Twitter and Reddit became havens for such disinformation."

Limbaugh regularly used homophobic, transphobic, racist, xenophobic and misogynistic rhetoric in his verbal assaults. For a period in the early 1990s, Limbaugh read the names of people who died from AIDS-related causes in celebration on air. He made a mockery of the deaths of Kurt Cobain (of Seattle rock band Nirvana) in 1994, Jerry Garcia (of the Grateful Dead) in 1995, Eric Garner (who died at the hands of NYPD in a police brutality case) in 2014, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year. He made fun of Michael J. Fox's struggles with Parkinson's disease.

Limbaugh was also a birther who pushed flat-out lies about President Obama's place of birth and dismissed him as "Barack the magic negro." He also branded pro-choice liberal women as "feminazis," denied the impact of climate change. In one rare moment of contrition, Limbaugh apologized for singling out Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified at a congressional hearing in 2012 regarding health insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. And these are only a few of the deceased pundit's offenses.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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