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Watch: Pete Buttigieg Appears on 'Ellen,' Takes Aim at Limbaugh Again

Friday Feb 21, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, left, appears on "The Ellen Show," with host Ellen DeGeneres, right.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, left, appears on "The Ellen Show," with host Ellen DeGeneres, right.   (Source:Screenshot via Ellentube)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stopped by "The Ellen Show" this week where he once again took aim at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who recently made headlines for questioning if a gay man could debate President Donald Trump.

"Look, I guess he just has a different idea of what makes a man than I do," Buttigieg, who is openly gay and married to his husband Chasten, told host Ellen DeGeneres. "Look, I'm not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald Trump, frankly.

"You know, when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan, Donald Trump was working on Season 7 of 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" the former South Bend, Indiana mayor went on to say. "I'm just done with that kind of... And since when is strength about the chest-pounding and the loud-mouthed guy at the end of the bar?

"The strongest people I know are not the loudest people; they're the ones who have the deepest sense of who they are and what they value and what they care about," he added. "And one of those people, by the way, one of the strongest people I know is my husband, Brad Pitt."

After Buttigieg finished strong at the Iowa caucus earlier this month Limbaugh made headlines for comments about the politician.

"They're saying, 'OK, how's this going to look?'" Limbaugh said, imagining Democrats' thinking. "Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.'"

Though he didn't directly respond at first, Buttigieg said, "I'm proud of my marriage I'm proud of my husband," during a town hall in Las Vegas shortly after Limbaugh's comments. Earlier this week, however, the former mayor doubled down and called out the shock jock directly, specifically noting that Limbaugh has been married four times.

"Onstage we usually just go for the hug," Buttigieg said of his public displays of affection for Chasten. "But I love him very much and I'm not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh."

Limbaugh also said that Tump personally called him to discuss the drama, apparently encouraging him not to offer an apology to Buttigieg.

"Hell, the president even called me about this!" claimed the 69-year-old shock jock during his Feb. 17 broadcast. "He said, 'Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize. Don't ever apologize.' "

During a town hall on Feb. 18, Buttigieg called out the radio host as well as Trump.

"The idea of the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump lecturing anybody on family values?" the candidate said. "One thing about my marriage is, it's never involved me to send hush money to a porn star."

His comments were a reference to one of the many scandals that have surrounded Trump's presidency: Allegations that he authorized payment of hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to prevent her from speaking out about an affair she allegedly had with Trump.

"If they want to debate family values, let's debate family values," Buttigieg went on to say. "I'm ready."

Watch Buttigieg's appearance on "Ellen" below.

[H/T Deadline]


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