Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE is responding to Rush Limbaugh's controversial remarks that Americans would not elect “a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage," saying the conservative talk show host "has a different idea of what makes a man than I do."

"Look, I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald Trump, frankly," the former South Bend, Ind., mayor said in an interview on "Ellen," airing Friday.

"You know, when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan, Donald Trump was working on Season 7 of 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" Buttigieg, a former Navy officer, told host Ellen DeGeneres, to applause.


During his nationally syndicated radio show last week, Limbaugh said voters are "sitting there, and they’re looking at Mayor Pete, a 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, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there?'"

“They’ve gotta 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," Limbaugh continued. "They have to be saying this, don’t they?"

With his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, in the "Ellen" audience, the 2020 White House hopeful said, "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."

"And one of those people, by the way, one of the strongest people I know is my husband, Brad Pitt," Buttigieg quipped.

In an interview with ABC News the day before, Chasten Buttigieg also pushed back on the remarks from Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE's State of the Union address earlier this month.

“I’ve been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life," he said. "What I’m actually worried about are the young people in this country who are watching the historic nature of this campaign, watching how people talk about it, watching how people react to it and treat it, and wondering if this country is actually a safe place for them to be."

In follow-up comments on his show earlier this week, Limbaugh said Trump called him to talk about his Buttigieg remarks, telling him to "never apologize" for them.