Pete Buttigieg Opens Up About Coming Out | The Last Word | MSNBC
Pete Buttigieg Opens Up About Coming Out | The Last Word | MSNBC Pete Buttigieg Opens Up About Coming Out | The Last Word | MSNBCSomething happened tonight in the presidential campaign that we’ve never seen before never happened before in presidential campaign. History just happened in the last hour. I hope most of you saw it we’re going to talk about it and openly gay special candidate being asked by an openly gay TV interviewer about the differences in their deeply personal experiences of coming out. I was a Rhodes scholar to I went up in 1995. You went up a decade later, so I was the first openly gay American Road scholar and I got there and I had come out in college, so I scholarship as an openly gay person. I learned that I was the first American never been out and you went through college and then the Rhodes scholarship process and getting a Rhodes scholarship and going to work for McKinsey and joining the Navy and deployment Afghanistan and coming home and running for mayor in your Hometown and getting elected before you came out at the age of 33 human being to know something and have to bifurcate your public and for you to have had all of those difficult transitions. Experiences, let me know is hard but being in the closet is harder, took me plenty of time to come out to myself. So I did not the way you did or the way my husband didn’t figure out at such an early age. That should have, I mean they’re certain play plenty of indications by the time I was fifteen or so that I could point back to work yet realize that they might be something they are afraid of, and it took me a very long time to resolve that. I hope you saw the full interview will be available online and after break. I usually Mills will join us too gosh that historic moment in campaign interview, history and other campaign developments of the day. It was hard, it was really hard. That’S what I mean it was, and it took me plenty of time to come out to myself. So I did not the way you did or the way my husband and figure out at such an early age at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of politics, Aisha moodie-mills, so this was an exchange we’ve never seen in presidential campaign interviewing. I talked to Rachel about it. Beginning the hours there will be people who think she should not have brought it up. What is your reaction to this Exchange? Lgbtq Victory find where he just did. His big speeds have been publicized. To all my victory friend, folks that whoever encounter so no one can cash judgment on the process ground it. I do appreciate the fact that she brought it up to try to get a sense of you is he was he just trying to, because he was ambitious, that he responded and shared? And personally that you know I had a bit of fear. I didn’t quite know who I was. I think that all of us could probably relate to growing up and then real at some point that maybe we’re not exactly who we’ve had thought that we were going to be and trying to reconcile. That is, is challenging. To imagine that when it comes to your sexuality, when it’s about you know you realizing that you’re in love with and attracted to the type of person that you might not have expected, it’s a lot. It’S a lot, so I appreciate Rachel asking it. I think it was very much in bounds to have that conversation and for her to also share, and then I think they may repeat really handled it. Well – and I appreciate the fact that he was very authentic in his response interview and there was a lot of familiar ground and if you’ve listened to him speak a lot and there was a lot of. Are there a lot of areas where he was doing? Variations of things he’s said before, but this was clearly something that he no, it was coming. Rachel even know, it’ll felt a little. You could tell she was a little awkward question a candidate and a gay man married to a man that this would provoke a set of questions. This would this would inspire a set of questions that might not otherwise be hot. As well as not lgbtq people and that’s what makes it an important question for people them me personally, I want to know about the people and their integrity and what they believe it in their values and how they come to to have the values that they have. Who their own life experience about? Identity? Politics? Only because it’s Buzz Wordsworth about like constituencies in in quote-unquote basis, for the Democratic party? Split? Because I believe that the best leaders are the leaders who show up and in the way that they see the world through an authentic lens, that’s ultimately about their lives, variance and to the extent that he’s he’s League meaning into that Rachel’s pulling it out of him. Two other candidates on the field and knowing the field they are going to be called into question. Who are you? Why do you believe what you believe and what your personal story all my questions of policy, because I’ve known so many politicians and I know how much how many walls I have the tools. But what I felt I saw in that moment was Rachael reaching in there and finding something for us and afterwards I would imagine a bit cathartic too, because when you spend your life then come out until I was in my probably too late twenties, I would say, And so from a professional contact, I ended up coming out on the front page of the Washington Post, my wife and I are now I understand you now. I know you not feel more connected to you and my relationships actually strengthened and there’s something about that. I’M something really warm and we just became much closer because of it, and I realized in that moment that at some level that was some part of me. That was feeling lied to over a. Of time of the previous couple of years and then suddenly. That was all lifted, so you’ve heard and seen poop people to judge more than most of us, you’ve seen his confidence. What did you make of his of his conference in Hamlet in handling that moment for Rachel, with Rachel holding a position that he always holds clearly that completely comes across? In all facets of this conversation, he was talking about policy ideas when he was talking about being a bit of a disrupter and confidence, put his position together, overtime and analyzed, and so it seems to me that he’s not someone, that’s a little nervous off-the-cuff, because he Is a very, very, very thoughtful and calculated Canada, a policy specifics and is trying to set a narrative and a story about himself. First. Is that what you expected warn level policy specifics that we been getting from her an introduction process that has to happen? Unfortunately, they are so they’re in the process of saying hello. I do believe, though, that when the summer comes and gets on the stage and Israel second apology, conversations happening he’s going to have to have to account for that and talk about what he’s done, what he will do. The right now he’s going on at a introduction. Tour right and that is playing to his favor, but I don’t say I think the honeymoon at some point I’ll be over Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg opened up to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about what it was like for him to come out as a gay man after being elected mayor of his home town. Lawrence O’Donnell talks with Aisha Moody-Mills about that moment in presidential campaign history and what it means for 2020.
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Pete Buttigieg Opens Up About Coming Out | The Last Word | MSNBC