Pete Buttigieg Jokes He’ll Broker ‘Peace Deal’ Between Chick-fil-A and LGBTQ Americans


Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Southbend, Indiana, who is openly gay, said joked that he would consider brokering a “peace deal” between LGBTQ Americans and the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, which has a history of homophobic advocacy work.

“I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken,” Buttigieg said of the restaurant chain during an appearance on The Breakfast Club, a New York-based hip-hop radio show. “Maybe if nothing else, I can build that bridge. Maybe I’ll become in a position to broker that peace deal.”

Chick-fil-A has been criticized for donating to anti-gay causes in the past and it’s president Dan Cathy has voiced his company’s support for “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

While Buttigieg may have been joking about an LGBTQ-Chick-fil-a peace summit, the Democratic mayor, who was a small name in politics prior to his 2020 presidential announcement, later emphasized the need to bridge the gaps that divide Americans.

“We’ve got to find a way to use our identities to reach other people… What can we talk about that brings us together?” He asked. “I have no clue what it’s like to walk in the shoes of so many other people, but I can talk about some of the pieces of what I carry with me, and see if it rhymes with their life experience.”

Buttigieg added that “good art has that, good music has that, good literature has that” and can bring people together, and so should politics.

Watch above, via The Breakfast Club. You can see the full interview below:

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