Is Pete Buttigieg too white (and male) for the White House?
According to Politico, there are several Lesbian who are vowing to not vote for Pete Buttigieg.
In taking a look at the demographics supporting Buttigieg, Politico noticed something. Several lesbians are not within that group. For the most part, many of these women believe simply that Buttigieg’s rise to prominence reeks of male favoritism. Especially considering the long-fought battle Hillary Clinton had in her election. And despite winning the popular vote, she still didn’t win the 2016 presidency.
As political consultant Campbell Spencer told Politico, “Mayor Pete, he’s a trailblazer. But I’m one of these women who thinks we are way overdue for having a woman in the White House. That’s a lens through which I’m going to filter my decision.”
“There are black gay men and Latina lesbians — we have all these identities,” added Annise Parker, the former Houston mayor who is now president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “I talk to donors who are really glad that Pete’s running, but want Julián Castro to be on the debate stage. Or who say, ‘I want Cory Booker or Kamala Harris to be on stage.’ I say that’s a great thing.”
“It feels like a slap in the face to just go directly to the white gay guy, when for decades you’ve been trying to elect a woman and it didn’t happen last time,” added one other lesbian Democrat, who works in national politics. “If Pete Buttigieg is elected it won’t feel like a vindication of Hillary Clinton. If a woman is elected, it will.”
For most of the women who spoke to Politico, this was a similar theme. It’s time for a woman in the White House (or at least some sort of diversity outside of a white man). That said, most chose to comment this as anonymous interviewees as not to face any backlash for their thoughts.
The LGBTQ community has been a major supportive group for Buttigieg up to this point. But being openly gay and in a same-sex marriage seems to not be enough for voters. It looks like the very fact that he’s a white man makes him seem dull and passable for some citizens. And with the major upset that happened in 2016, there is some plausibility in this stance.
But will lesbians refusing to vote for Buttigieg create the same result that most White women who refused to vote for Clinton did? We’ll see in due time. But for now, it looks Buttigieg has more to gain voter trust.
“As a woman, as a lesbian, as someone who was all in for Hillary Clinton and as someone who was a historic first myself, I would love to see a woman at the top of the ticket,” Parker said.
“And talking with other women inside the community and not, we understand the importance of Pete’s candidacy — but dammit, we’re half the population. It’s time.”