A clip from the Iowa caucuses went viral several days ago on Twitter when an Iowa voter who signed a card to support Pete Buttigieg found out for the first time that he is gay and tried to withdraw her support.
Buttigieg recently went on The View, where he responded to the clip in an inspiring way.
hoooo boy this is a fun 2 minutes https://t.co/EGL61nI0NL— Robbie Couch (@Robbie Couch)1580841761.0
Many online condemned the women in the clip for her closed-mindedness.
Good God. So ignorant and homophobic. Caucus voter finds out Buttigieg is gay, wants to withdraw her vote for him… https://t.co/UtQYKpfVkx— Siamak Kordestani (@Siamak Kordestani)1580832940.0
This woman’s vote counts just the same as your or mine even if she’s an uninformed bigot. So that’s nice. https://t.co/hryGrISa2a— Chris J. Nelson (@Chris J. Nelson)1580844994.0
But not long after, Buttigieg appeared on The View and responded to the woman's withdrawal of support.
Buttigieg told The View's cohosts:
"Well, what I want her to know is that I'm running to be her president too...Of course, I wish she was able to see that my love is the same as her love for those that she cares about, that my marriage means as much to me as hers if she's married."
"But if she can't see that, and even if because she can't see that, she won't vote for me, I am still, if I am elected president, going to get up in the morning and try to make the best decisions for her and the people that she loves as I will work to serve every American, whether they supported me or not."
@TheView @PeteButtigieg This clip gave me chills. I could watch it over and over and I’m a Canadian!— Beesting (@Beesting)1581011030.0
On Twitter, many were inspired by Buttigieg's conciliatory tone.
@TheView @PeteButtigieg great interview, with the future President!!!!!— paul seguin (@paul seguin)1581015208.0
Asked about the Iowa caucus goer who withdrew her support for @PeteButtigieg after she found out he’s gay, Buttigie… https://t.co/aUQpXrZAgN— Maureen Groppe (@Maureen Groppe)1581006189.0
Bernie Sanders and Buttigieg emerged from Iowa with an almost perfect tie.
Sanders had an edge over Buttigieg in the popular vote, and after many Biden and Klobuchar voters realigned to Pete, Buttigieg took a small lead in pledged delegates.
Pete Buttigieg tells The View's Meghan McCain that if a woman has to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy, "I… https://t.co/lHRamnDT3q— DJ Judd (@DJ Judd)1581008784.0
.@PeteButtigieg was on The View today and was asked about the Iowa voter who rejected him because he’s gay. Watch P… https://t.co/mIuJzUCKda— Jordan Gill (@Jordan Gill)1581022575.0
Many people who haven't supported Pete were impressed by his words.
Buttigieg on The View. Mayor Pete's *response* is worth watching and that voter can go take several seats. Mayor… https://t.co/ApqppKKY9f— @JIMOSMAN (@@JIMOSMAN)1581017100.0
A voter asked what Buttigieg told the protestor when he leaned in, he said, “I told him that I respected him & that… https://t.co/4G633Qzte9— Priscilla Thompson (@Priscilla Thompson)1578882504.0
With Pete Buttigieg one of the frontrunners coming out of Iowa, his words matter now more than ever.
And he's used this opportunity to bring our country together rather than split it apart as a certain President might.