A video has gone viral on social media this week, which shows an Iowa voter who intended on supporting presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg changing her mind after learning that he is gay.
Per The Hill, the video was shared by a Twitter user named Annabel Park, who posted a clip of a live stream from the Iowa caucus, which she captioned: "#PeteButtigieg precinct captain in rural Iowa responds to a caucus-goer flipping out upon learning that he has a same-sex partner. It’s a masterclass in patience, persistence, and love. Bravo."Last night Buttigieg reacted to his caucus victory:
The video shows a Buttigieg precinct captain from the city of Cresco in Howard County, telling the caucusgoer, an elderly woman, that Buttigieg is homosexual.
The caucusgoer did not react well to this revelation and decided (on-camera) to immediately withdraw her support, stating: "Are you kidding? Then I don't want anybody like that in the White House. So can I have my card back?"
The precinct captain (whose name is allegedly Nikki Heever) remonstrated with her, stating: "The whole point of it though, he's a human being, right, just like you and me, and it shouldn't really matter."
Heever added: "I just ask you to look inside your heart, because you sound like a Christian woman to me and I’m a Christian woman and my God wants me to love everybody. But what I teach my son, is that love is love and we’re all human beings."
When the video was posted to social media it quickly accrued over 2.8 million views on Twitter and more than 4,200 retweets.
The 37-year-old presidential candidate, and former mayor of Bend, first came out as gay in a 2015 piece in the South Bend Tribune - becoming Indiana's first openly gay elected executive, and now the first openly-gay Democratic presidential candidate. In December of 2017, he announced his engagement to high school teacher Chasten Glezman, whom he met on the LGBT+ dating app Hinge.