Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE defended his marriage Tuesday night, suggesting it is more representative of proper family values than President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE’s.
Buttigieg spoke out during a CNN town hall after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Trump advised him to “never apologize” for his recent comments about Buttigieg's sexuality.
“One thing about my marriage is it’s never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse with him or her,” Buttigieg said at the town hall. “So they want to debate family values, let’s debate family values. I’m ready.”
Buttigieg’s sexuality has been the topic of conversation after Limbaugh went after the openly gay former mayor on his syndicated radio program last week. Limbaugh called Buttigieg "a gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages."
Buttigieg married his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, in 2018.
"I love my husband. I'm faithful to my husband. On stage we usually just go for a hug. But I love him very much, and I'm not going take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh," Buttigieg fired back on Sunday.
Trump was drawn into a legal dispute in 2018 after it was revealed that he paid to keep adult-film star Stormy Daniels quiet following an alleged affair in 2006. Trump has repeatedly denied the affair but acknowledged the payment in 2018.