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Rush Limbaugh: Trump told me 'never apologize' for Buttigieg 'gay guy' remarks

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 2/18/2020 John Gage
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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Trump called him to say he should not backtrack on comments he made about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's electability as a gay man.

"Hell, the president even called me about this!" Limbaugh said Monday on his show. "He said, 'Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize. Don't ever apologize.'"

The host said the president was referring to comments he had made about the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, that elicited a wave of backlash. "I had no idea this thing had even bubbled up. You know, I’m doing the medical thing that I have to do here, and I wasn't even aware of this," he said about the attention he received.

Last week, Limbaugh said Buttigieg's sexuality could be a weakness in a general election matchup against Trump. "A gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see Trump have fun with that?" the host said.

"They're looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. And they're saying, OK, how's this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to 'Mr. Man' Donald Trump? What's going to happen there?" the host added. "And they got to be looking at that, and 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."

Earlier this month, Melania Trump presented Limbaugh with a Medal of Freedom during the president's State of the Union address. The host announced the day before the address that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.


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