Buttigieg 'almost certain' there have been gay presidents

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race MORE said he doesn’t think he would be the first gay president if he is elected to the White House in 2020.

Asked about possible attacks on his sexuality from Republicans, the South Bend, Ind., mayor, who is gay, told “Axios on HBO” that “we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn't know which ones.”

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“People will elect the person who will make the best president,” Buttigieg said. “And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal,” adding that some were likely gay as well.

“You believe that we've had a gay commander in chief?” host Mike Allen asked.

“I mean, statistically it's almost certain,” Buttigieg replied.

But the 2020 hopeful said he would not speculate on which former presidents might have been gay.

“My gaydar doesn't even work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he said.

If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay U.S. president.

Recent polling data shows that while trailing behind other 2020 Democratic primary candidates — including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D-Mass.) — Buttigieg has some traction in early voting states such as South Carolina.