Were he to win the Democratic ticket, and eventually the election, he would make history on a number of fronts, becoming the youngest ever president as well as the first to be openly gay.
Buttigieg – otherwise known as “Mayor Pete” – said in his speech that he recognised “the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor”, and that his bid to become president was “more than a little bold”.
But his announcement was met with overwhelming support from voters, who are excited to see a new name among the current Democratic frontrunners, which include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
Many praised his speech, calling it “phenomenal”, “inspirational” and “refreshing”.
@PeteButtigieg It was amazing meeting you and hearing your speech! Phenomenal!
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— an artisanal gay ⚫️ (@an artisanal gay ⚫️)
Supporters were emotional to see Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, kiss on stage, after the presidential hopeful said he imagined going back in time to tell his closeted teenage self that "on that day he announces his campaign for president, he’ll do it with his husband looking on".
I love this photo of Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Glezman. It sends a powerful message to every gay kid i… https://t.co/U4S3tHingc