Former President Barack Obama reportedly said the former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg couldn’t win the presidency because “he’s gay” and “short,” according to a new book on the 2020 presidential election.
Obama expressed confidence in former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren during an October 2019 meeting with elite black donors in New York City, The Hill’s Amie Parnes and NBC’s Jonathan Allen described in the new book “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency.”
During the same meeting, the former president also joked about Buttigieg, citing his age, sexuality, and height, as reasons why he could not win the 2020 presidential election.
“He’s thirty- eight,” Obama said of Buttigieg, according to the Hill, “but he looks thirty.”
Obama also said that Buttigieg was “mayor of a small town,” adding that “he’s gay” and “he’s short.”
Obama said that Buttigieg couldn't win the presidency because "he's gay" and "short," according to new book on the 2020 presidential election.