A US conservative radio host has controversially claimed that voters in the 2020 presidential election would rather vote for Donald Trump than the "unusual and frightening" LGBT+ candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Despite recent polls showing the Buttigieg finishing just behind former vice president Joe Biden for the Democratic nominee, Chandelle Summer, a contributor to MSNBC believed he wouldn't fair well against Trump because "he is so far from the norm".
He will be the first Maltese-American and Episcopalian gay, millennial war veteran ever to have reached for the presidency.
He is so far from the norm when it comes to political candidates that I think that voters will flock in droves to Donald Trump as a candidate just because they will find this so unusual and frightening.
The rest of the guests on the MSNBC show seemed a little shocked and taken aback but Summer's assessment of Buttigieg, with a few even laughing at the thought that voters would find the 37-year-old 'frightening'.
Danielle Moodie-Mills, the host of the SiriusXM Progress show 'WokeAF' argued that what Buttigieg is offering to voters is something far more 'interesting' than what they have had before.
Sounds like a lot of really interesting things that make up a part of the American fabric, a war veteran, somebody who’s Christian, somebody who lives in Middle America, can speak to Middle America, young, a millennial. I don’t see how that’s terrifying.
Summer then tried to clarify her comments adding that while she didn't find it 'terrifying', she did believe that the American people would find Buttigieg 'abhorrent'.
I don’t think it’s personally terrifying. I think that the American public will find it so abhorrent and different from the usual candidates and won’t be able to wrap their heads around it. The age is a huge problem.
I mean, he is 37 years old. I can remember when I was 37 years old and my thought process, the way I analyse things is different than now and you need experience in life to be a good leader and to understand all the different dynamics of the economy, the world, the global situation, national security.
I just don’t think voters will trust someone that young and I don’t think the fact that he’s gay is a big problem personally. I feel like we have crossed that bridge in this country.
The bizarre exchange can be viewed in the video below.